Lagos Airport Temporarily Shut Down over Dismembered Corpse on Runway

The international wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos was temporarily shut down in the wee hours of Thursday after the dismembered body of a yet-to-be identified man was found on runway 18R.

A team of officials from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigeria Police Force were said to have evacuated the corpse from the runway.

As a result of the closure, international flights were prevented from landing and taking off from the terminal.

Meanwhile, an Ethiopian Airlines flight 3907, and a Boeing 77F aircraft with registration number ETAVN was coming from Lome, Togo to Lagos, Nigeria. It, however, made a U-turn to Lome after hovering in the air for a while.

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

The officials were said to have reported a corpse on the runway around the cargo area.

The spokesperson for FAAN, Mrs. Faithful Avokerie Hope-Ivbaz, could not immediately confirm the incident. According to her, she was yet to be briefed on the development.

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