Flights suspended at German airport after vehicle drives through gate

Police say a judge has ordered the continued detention of a young Polish man who forced open a locked perimeter gate at Germany's Hannover Airport and drove his vehicle onto the airfield. The incident sparked a major security alert.

Hanover airport in Germany is on lockdown after a man drove through the gate in an attempt to get on to the runway. Photographs from travellers at the airport appear to show an Aegean Airlines A320, whose taxi seems to have been impeded by the vehicle. "A man broke through a barrier in a auto which went onto the runway", Hanover police said on Twitter. Incoming and outgoing flights have been suspended until 8 p.m, although the airport terminal remains open. The driver of the silver BMW, with a Polish license plate, managed to make his way onto the runway behind a landing Aegean Airlines aircraft from Athens. A quick test showed blood levels of cocaine and amphetamine.

Officials have not said whether they're treating the incident as terror related. The airport was closed for around four and a half hours. Around 20:05 local time, the airport resumed its work. The security areas are now vacated, now there is no clearance.

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  • Tracy Klein