Lyon airport flights grounded as auto rams terminal, speeds onto runway

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The dramatic auto chase was captured on amateur video.

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

Before driving onto the runway the man had driven the vehicle into the glass doors of one of the airport terminals.

Flights were halted and a man was arrested Monday after speeding onto an airport runway in Lyon, France, officials said.

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

His identity has not yet been made clear and his motive is not known.

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Express.co.uk has contacted Air France for comment on disrupted flights today. The airline only had to cancel one United Kingdom flight during the incident.

The vehicle hurtled across the restricted runway area with police cars and a helicopter in pursuit following a chase along a nearby motorway, a police source said.

Lyon airport's operator suspended all flights after what it termed an "incident", before announcing later Monday afternoon that flights were "gradually resuming" and expected to be back to normal around 6:00 p.m. (1600 GMT).

Local news reports that the chase had begun on a nearby motorway, where the driver of a Mercedes had been going the wrong way and refused to stop.

A man was arrested following the incident in the French capital after attacking seven people, two thought to be British tourists who have chest and head injuries according to French media. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss the probe.

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