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Flights delayed in Germany after car drives onto tarmac

Flights delayed in Germany after car drives onto tarmac

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Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Germany's Hannover Airport was temporarily shut down Saturday afternoon after a man reportedly used a vehicle to break through a gate in an attempt to drive on the facility's runway. The man, age 25, who was not identified in local media reports, made it out to the tarmac near the runway at one of Germany's busiest airports about 3:40 p.m. local time as officials suspended air traffic there for more than four hours, The Independent reported. "Officers from the Federal Police were able to stop the car and overwhelm the man," Hannover Police said in a statement. "The security areas are currently vacated, currently there is no clearance. Flight operations are currently suspended. The investigation continues." Police charged that the suspect had tested positive for cocaine an...
France impounds Ryanair plane on tarmac before take-off

France impounds Ryanair plane on tarmac before take-off

World
Storms, strikes, computer failures — you can now add "your plane has been seized by the government" to the list of things that can delay your flight. In France, 149 passengers were preparing to take off for London late Thursday when French authorities ordered their Ryanair Boeing 737 impounded. The budget carrier owed money and it was "regrettable that the state was forced" to evacuate the plane, the civil aviation authority said. The passengers had gone through passport control and security and were about to walk on the tarmac to board the plane when airport authorities told them to turn around, passenger Boris Hejblum said. "The airport staff told us there was an issue with the plane," he told The Associated Press in an email. No Ryanair staff members were available, and the only...