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Lagos airport shut, flights diverted over mangled corpse found on runway

The international wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos State, was temporarily shut on Thursday after the mangled body of a dead man was found on Runway 18R of the nation’s flagship airport.

It could not be established whether the unidentified dead man was knocked down by an aircraft taking off or landing on the runway.

However, it was gathered that the runway was temporarily shut down while a team of officials from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigeria Police Force evacuated the corpse from the runway.

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

One of the flights that could not land due to the shutdown was an 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.

Airport officials said the corpse was suddenly found on Runway 18R during a routine runway inspection by FAAN personnel.