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Flights halted after man speeds onto France airport runway

Police car chase closes Lyon airport after fugitive drives onto the RUNWAY to flee cops

A dramatic viral video of the incident captures the moment the vehicle hurtled across a field at the airport - sending a cloud of dust into the air - and drove near the runway with police in hot pursuit.

Dozens of police and airport officials were involved in a chaotic chase in France after a motorist drove onto the runway at Lyon's Saint-Exupéry airport.

Nobody was injured in the incident but several flights had to be diverted, according to the flight-tracking application Flightradar24.

The dramatic auto chase was captured on amateur video.

The driver jumped out while the vehicle was still rolling and sprinted off on foot, pursued by a police van.

A police source added that the man's motives were not yet known. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss the probe.

Highway police and a police helicopter laid chase, the regional government said in a statement.

The driver was said to have been driving down the road in the wrong direction and caused "several accidents" before "forcing a toll barrier" and then two doors to gain entrance to the airport.

Lyon airport's operator suspended all flights after what it termed an "incident", before announcing later Monday afternoon that flights were "gradually resuming" and expected to be back to normal around 6:00 p.m. (1600 GMT). There were no casualties.

"While we were waiting on the runway to take off the pilot alerted us that there had been a "major incident" and the airport had been closed", Martial Leveque, 59, told AFP.