Airport Shut After Car Driven Near Runway

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Berlin: Hanover airport is currently closed after a car was reportedly driven through a gate near a runway, local police say.

The incident reportedly happened at about 15:40 local time (14:40 GMT). In a tweet, Hanover police said officials were able to stop the car and take a man into custody. The incident reportedly happened at about 15:40 local time (14:40 GMT).

In a tweet, Hanover police said officials were able to stop the car, “overpower” a man and take him into custody. They later confirmed all flights in and out had been suspended as investigations continued. A spokesman told Deutsche Welle that the car followed a plane on to the runway after it landed.

Local media report that the airport’s terminals remain open to travellers. It is not yet clear how long flights will remain suspended. Millions fly through the airport, 11km (6 miles) from the city centre, every year but it is not one of the country’s major hubs.

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