Lagos airport shut temporarily, flights diverted after mangled corpse was found on runway

On Thursday, May 19, Murtala Muhammed international wing of the nation’s flagship airport was temporarily shut due to the mangled body of a [email protected] man that was found on Runway 18R .


Identity of the [email protected] body could not be identified and it could not be established whether the [email protected] man was knocked down by an aircraft taking off or landing on the runway.

According to the statement issued to punch by the airport officials, the runway was temporarily shut down while a team of officials from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and the Nigeria Police Force evacuated the corpse from the runway.

International flights were prevented from landing and taking off from the airport’s international terminal after temporary shutdown of the runway.

This include Ethiopian Airlines flight 3907, a Boeing 77F aircraft with registration number ETAVN, which was coming from Lome, Togo to Lagos, Nigeria. The flight was later diverted back to Lome after holding for a while.

According to theAirport officials,  the corpse was suddenly found on Runway 18R during a routine runway inspection by FAAN personnel.

A top police official at the MMIA who confirmed the development to the publication, said the command was called upon in the early hours of Thursday to evacuate the corpse from Runway 18R. He added that the police are still investigating the identity of the dead man and how he got to the security area of the international airport.


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