In Germany, the vehicle rammed the gate of the airport

Larry Hoffman
January 1, 2019

It's so far unclear what motivated the driver, but his actions have forced the airport to lock down, which will reportedly last until 20:00 UTC.

Emergency services assess the incident. "Police officers managed to stop the vehicle and overpower the man", Hannover police wrote on their Twitter page.

Take-offs and landings were suspended while the incident was investigated, though the airport's terminals remained open.

Airport of the German city of Hanover today, December 29, suspended the work after a vehicle rammed the gates and entered the area to service the aircraft. A quick test showed blood levels of cocaine and amphetamine. According to police, the incident is not being treated as terror-related, and the gentleman involved was believed to be acting alone.

Airport staff announced flights had resumed at 8.05pm local time (7.05pm GMT).

Air traffic at the airport was paralyzed for more than four hours.

"Flight operations are now suspended", Hanover police tweeted, adding that the man drove onto the apron area at about 3.40 p.m. (1440 GMT). Simple Flying has learnt bomb disposal experts were called to the scene to examine the vehicle.

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