Hanover airport suspends flights after man drives vehicle through gate onto tarmac

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"A security incident occurred at Hanover airport around 15.40 (14.40 GMT)".

German police have put the Hannover Airport on lockdown and swept security areas after a man rammed through a gate in a vehicle and drove on the tarmac, before being stopped and detained there.

The man was quickly arrested and taken into custody.

"The security areas are now vacated, now there is no clearance", police said, immediately after the incident.

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At about 20:05 (CET), the airport resumed normal operations. Flights have been suspended at Hannover airport in central Germany after a man tried to drive onto the facility's apron. No other risky substances were found in the vehicle or on the driver.

Federal police were investigating whether the driver was mentally disturbed, under the influence of drugs, trying to carry out an attack or drove through the perimeter for some other reason, German news agency dpa reported.

No one was hurt in the incident, but flights were suspended for more than four hours.

The worldwide airport in Hannover handled 5.87 million passengers past year, though it isn't one of Germany's top hubs.

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