Drama At Lagos Airport, Activities on Hold, Flights Diverted Over Corpse Found on Runway

Drama At Lagos Airport, Activities on Hold, Flights Diverted Over Corpse Found on Runway

  • There was mild drama at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, following the discovery of a corpse found in the runway
  • This however affected the activities of the day as the airport was shut temporarily and the flights diverted
  • Meanwhile, international flights were prevented from landing and taking off from the airport’s international terminal

The international wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, was temporarily shut in the early hours of Thursday, May 19, after the mangled body of a dead man was found on Runway 18R of the nation’s flagship airport.

The identity of the corpse could not be ascertained, The Punch reports.

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

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Lagos Airport, Murtala Muhammed International Airport
Passengers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos. Photo credit: Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto
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Airport officials react

According to 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.

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Activities on hold

During the temporary shutdown of the runway, international flights were affected.

Among the flights that could not land due to the shutdown was an Ethiopian Airlines flight 3907, a Boeing 77F aircraft with registration number ETAVN, coming from Lome, Togo to Lagos, Nigeria.

The flight was later diverted back to Lome after holding for a while.

Where the corpse was found

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.

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

Also, the police public relations officer, airport command, Mr Olayinka Ojelade, said he had yet to get the requited signal on the incident.

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