Germany Airport Closed After Man Crashes Car Onto Runway

Hannover Airport

Hannover Airport

Hanover airport is now closed to flights after a auto was reportedly driven through a gate near to a runway, German police say.

"A security incident occurred at the Hanover airport around 15:40 (1440 GMT)".

The man, whose vehicle was registered in Poland, was quickly arrested and is being questioned.

At about 20:05 (CET), the airport resumed normal operations.

Hannover police said the driver tested positive for cocaine and amphetamines.

"The investigation into the background (of the incident) continues", Hannover police said.

The airport's terminals remained open - except for part of one terminal that had a glass facade facing the vehicle.

Arriving flights are now diverting to nearby airports (such as Hamburg or Bremen), while departures have been suspended until further notice.

The Hannover airport isn't one of Germany's major hubs. In 2017, 5.87 million passengers passed through this airport.

But police told the BBC there was no indication so far that the incident was terrorism related.

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