Germany's Hanover airport resumes flights after man's tarmac invasion

The man drove onto the apron area at about 3.40pm local time
The man drove onto the apron area at about 3.40pm local time
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01 January, 2019

Hannover Airport (HAJ) is the ninth-largest airport in Germany, handling 5.8 million passengers in 2017. The incident sparked a major security alert. "A man broke through a barrier in a vehicle which went onto the runway", Hanover police wrote on Twitter. A quick test showed blood levels of cocaine and amphetamine. Police said they couldn't give further information on where he came from because he wasn't carrying an identity card. At least several flights have been diverted from the airport or delayed.

Take-offs and landings of planes are suspended while police investigated. Around 20:05 local time, the airport resumed its work.

According to Eurocontrol, the airport remains closed until approximately 22:00 UTC.

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Bomb disposal experts were sent in to examine the vehicle and no unsafe objects were found. This is commonplace following such an incident.

The Hannover Airport was shut down for several hours on Saturday after a man high on drugs drove a auto through a gate and onto the tarmac of the airport, the police said. The security areas are now vacated, now there is no clearance.

All flights have been suspended after the incident happened at 3.40 local time on Saturday.

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