Lyon main airport closed after car chase
Traffic was completely interrupted at Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport (LYS), in France, on September 10, 2018, after a car chase between a man and the police on the runways.
The chase started when police tried to control the car, a Mercedes registered in Luxembourg, after reports that it was driving at high speed and against the road on a highway. The man fled from the police towards Lyon–Bron Airport (LYN), a business airport ten kilometers east from Lyon. Witnesses say the car was trying to hit passersby on its way, but failed to touch any.
The fugitive then drove towards Lyon city center, La Part-Dieu, once again trying to crush people to no avail, before heading to Lyon Saint-Exupéry, the main airport of the city, fourth biggest in France. The car entered the apron by driving through two glass doors of the Terminal one. Four police officers and one gendarme opened fire, with no success. The car hit a construction worker on the runway, says television channel BFMTV, before skidding into the soft ground bordering the runway, forcing the man to continue on foot, until a police officer eventually caught and restrained him.
About 80 flights to and from the airport have been canceled. Inbound flights diverted to Geneva Airport (GVA). Traffic resumed partially at 15:20, local time and should be back to normal around 18:00.
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