A stolen vehicle driven by a Palestinian rammed through an entry gate to Ben Gurion Airport late on Wednesday night, the Israel Airports Authority said.
At around 1:15 a.m., the suspect crashed through a checkpoint to the airport via Israel's Highway 1; no casualties were reported. A security guard shot a single bullet toward the vehicle, concerned of a possible ramming attack.
"The suspect was handed over to security forces for further investigation," the airport authority said in a statement. "In a preliminary investigation carried out by the commanders of the airport authority security forces, the security division and its director, it appears that the forces acted with determination and professionalism while exercising discretion in noteworthy cooperation between the security forces and the policemen of the Security Forces."
Travelers were escorted to an inner, more secure area of the airport by security officials as sweeps were carried out in search of the intruder.
The vehicle was eventually located near a gas station inside the airport complex without the suspect, searches were continued.
Suspect captured, identified as a West Bank resident
The driver, a West Bank resident, was later found hiding in bushes on airport grounds and apprehended by security forces, who handed the suspect over to Israel Police for questioning.
No flights were delayed or canceled as all flights scheduled for the night between Wednesday and Thursday had already taken off, the authority added. However, early Thursday morning flights may be delayed, it warned.
The circumstances behind the incident are being investigated by security forces.