French police are investigating a major security breach at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport on 10 September, when a man drove a vehicle onto the airfield.
Earlier the same day, the suspect drove the vehicle through a security barrier at general aviation aerodrome Lyon Bron, before proceeding to Lyon-Saint Exupéry. There were no injuries in either incident.
Video footage on social media showed the Mercedes vehicle (with Luxembourg registration plates) bursting through security doors into the secure area around Terminal 1 at Lyon-Saint Exupéry, and then driving onto the apron near an active runway. Multiple police vehicles gave chase; the intruder eventually stopped the car before attempting to flee on foot.
The man was arrested; French police have not released his identity, nor have they given further information about his motive or whether he was on a counter-terrorism watchlist.
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