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Security breach at Lyon Airport, a vehicle chase on runway, flights grounded

11 September 2018, 01:05 | Tara Lloyd

A French gendarmes vehicle speeds on the tarmac of Lyon's Saint Exupery airport Credit Jean DECOTTE AFP

A French gendarmes vehicle speeds on the tarmac of Lyon's Saint Exupery airport

A video posted online showed the vehicle smashing into the building with a bang and showed the view afterwards of the smashed doors on either side.

France's Lyon airport halted flights on Monday when a driver being chased by police smashed his auto through a terminal building and onto a runway.

The dramatic auto chase was captured on amateur video.

Police said they began pursuing the white Mercedes when it was spotted speeding the wrong way down a nearby motorway.

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In scenes captured on amateur video, the auto is seen hitting a bump, then going airborne and landing in a cloud of dust.

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.

After continuing for a few meters the driver then abandons the auto while it is still moving and attempts to flee on foot.

Nobody was injured in the incident but several flights had to be diverted, according to the flight-tracking application Flightradar24.

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All flights in and out of Lyon Saint-Exupery airport were temporarily suspended.

Still chased by police, he then crashed through two glass doors at the airport's Terminal 1 to drive onto the runways.

The driver jumped out while the vehicle was still rolling and sprinted off on foot, pursued by a police van.

Flights have been halted at the major French airport.

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A source close to the investigation is quoted as saying by Le Parisien that the suspect was driving at high-speed in the opposite direction on the highway before reaching the airport.



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