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.]
-- Robert J. Lopez