Flights suspended after auto chase on runway at French airport

Flights suspended after auto chase on runway at French airport

Flights suspended after auto chase on runway at French airport

PARIS Pursued by police vehicles, a man smashed a stolen auto Monday into security barriers at two airports in Lyon, southeast France, and then crashed through two glass doors of a terminal and sped onto the runway, before being arrested.

A passenger waited for his flight, in December 2011, during a strike at Lyon-Saint Exupery airport, central France.

Highway police and a police helicopter laid chase, the regional government said in a statement.

A white vehicle can be seen speeding through a field toward the runway at Lyon's Saint-Exupéry global airport on Monday.

The dramatic runway chase, witnessed by an AFP journalist waiting on a plane at the airport, was captured in another amateur video shared thousands of times on social media. It showed the vehicle hitting a bump, going airborne and landing in a cloud of dust at Lyon's global Saint-Exupery airport.


After continuing for a few meters the driver then abandons the auto while it is still moving and attempts to flee on foot. It was not clear whether he was armed.

There were no injuries in the incident.

Officials said that earlier the man smashed through a security barrier at Lyon-Bron business airport, about 20 kilometres away, before turning back.

A source close to the case said the man suffered from psychiatric problems but did not have a police record, and was not on the country's watchlist for suspected radicalisation. He also wasn't on the country's watchlist for suspected radicalization.

Authorities chase a person after they drove a vehicle across a field onto a runway at a major Lyon airport on Monday.

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