Germany Airport Closed After Man Crashes Car Onto Runway

Thousands were stranded at Hanover airport amid the security incident

Take-offs and landings of planes are suspended while police investigated.

Police stopped him after several hundred metres, it said.

Officers managed to "overpower" the man, who drove a Polish-registered auto, and arrest him.

The man was quickly arrested and taken into custody.

Bomb disposal experts were sent in to examine the vehicle and no risky objects were found.

They said the man tried to follow a landing plane operated by Greek airline Aegean.

No one was hurt, Hannover police said. "Police officers managed to stop the vehicle and overpower the man", Hannover police wrote on their Twitter page.

An armed police officer patrols at the airport in Hanover
Image An armed police officer patrols at the airport in Hanover

They think he acted alone.

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

Police charged that the suspect had tested positive for cocaine and amphetamines, according to local media reports.

The lockdown will reportedly last till at least 9pm local time, meaning that the ninth busiest airport in Germany will be out of operation for over five hours. They said the man wasn't carrying an identity card.

A terminal at the airport was closed to passengers but the other two remained open.

It is not yet clear how long flights will remain suspended.

Hanover Airport is an important hub in Germany offering both domestic and global flights. Other tips involved possible extremists surveilling German airports.

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