Police chase shuts down runway at French airport

A French gendarmes vehicle speeds on the runway of Lyon’s Saint-Exupery airport on Sept. 10, 2018 as a man was arrested by the police after having managed to get in the runways with his car without doing any injury. (Jean Decotte/AFP)
Updated 10 September 2018
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Police chase shuts down runway at French airport

  • Video footage shows the dramatic moment the chase ended up on the runway at the airport
  • The intruder sought to flee on foot but was tackled by officers and arrested

LYON, France: France's Lyon airport halted flights on Monday when a driver being chased by police smashed his car through a terminal building and onto a runway.
More than a dozen police cars and a helicopter pursued the fugitive over a distance up the wrong side of a motorway before he broke through security barriers at the Lyon-Saint-Exupery international airport.
"Pursued by police, he smashed through Terminal 1 before reaching the runway area," the government prefect's office said in a statement.
The car then hurtled across the runway zone before coming to a halt on rough terrain beside the tarmac. The intruder sought to flee on foot but was tackled by officers and arrested.
The motive of the driver, whose identity has not yet been made public, was not clear, the source said.
Flights were grounded until further notice, the airport tweeted.


Rare Sumatran tiger rescued from beneath shop in Indonesia

Updated 17 November 2018
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Rare Sumatran tiger rescued from beneath shop in Indonesia

  • The three-year old male was freed from the 75 centimeter (30 inch) crawl space on Burung Island in Riau province
  • The tiger was treated by veterinarians for minor wounds on its legs and cracked canines

PEKANBARU, Indonesia: A rare Sumatran tiger that was trapped beneath the floor of a shop for three days has been rescued, an Indonesian official said Saturday.
The three-year old male was freed from the 75 centimeter (30 inch) crawl space on Burung Island in Riau province at about 1:50 am, the local conservation agency said.
“After the tiger was successfully put to sleep we opened up part of the shop’s foundation to do the evacuation,” Suharyono, head of the Riau conservation agency, told AFP.
The 80-kilo (180-pound) animal was treated by veterinarians for minor wounds on its legs and cracked canines, officials said.
The big cat became stuck between two buildings in the densely populated market area on Wednesday before freeing himself and then becoming trapped again beneath the building.
Video footage showed the tiger lying on its belly between two concrete foundations, unable to move.
The tiger has been transported to a rehabilitation center.
Sumatran tigers are considered critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
There are fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild and environmental activists say they are increasingly coming into conflict with people as their natural habitat is rapidly deforested.