A failed asylum seeker set to be deported caused chaos at Hamburg airport after he ran from authorities, delaying or grounding many flights in the process as they thought he had escaped onto the runway.
A total of eight flights were cancelled and a further 12 more were delayed Thursday evening at Hamburg airport after the 24-year-old Albanian failed asylum seeker was thought to have run onto the runway.
Authorities grounded flights and also forced four other aircraft to divert to Bremen to land.
Another eight flights were diverted to Hanover, according to a spokesman for Hanover Airport.
Ally of Chancellor Merkel and leader of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) Horst Seehofer admitted that mass deportations of failed asylum seekers were “basically impossible”.