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Van Nuys Airport runway shut down while LAPD checks out truck left in tunnel [Updated]

Officials at Van Nuys Airport shut down a runway Thursday night after an abandoned truck was found in a tunnel that passes under the facility, authorities said.

The truck, described by officers as a cargo vehicle, was found in the tunnel near Hayvenhurst Avenue and Sherman Way, the Los Angeles Police Department said. A bomb squad was notified, but had not been dispatched, the LAPD said.

[Updated at 8:52 p.m.: A bomb squad is at the scene and has determined that the truck broke down. There is no threat, the LAPD said.]

The tunnel is beneath the long runway at the airport, which is used by large private jets.

As a precaution, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered the runway shut down, said FAA spokesman Ian Gregor.  As of 7:30 p.m., about six incoming flights had been affected, he said.

[Updated at 9:17 p.m.: The runway has reopened, Gregor said.]


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Don't just write this off. It could be someone testing response time etc. I hope they round up everyone connected with that truck and make sure. I know it sounds gestapo. And hey, if they're all clean, then buy everyone a nice dinner.

I concur. Better safe than sorry.


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