Lagos airport resumes operations after corpse’s removal

Agency Report
Agency Report

Flight operations have resumed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, after the removal of a mangled body on the runway.

A source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, hinted that full flight operations have resumed after the runway was cleared of the mangled corpse of a yet-to-be-identified man.

The PUNCH had reported that the international wing of MMIA, Lagos, was temporarily shut in the early hours of Thursday after the mangled body of a dead man was found on Runway 18R.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, in a statement, titled, ‘Unidentified body discovered on MMA runway during inspection’, also confirmed the resumption of flights at the airport.

The statement read, “The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria wishes to inform the general public of an incident in which unidentified human remains were found on Runway 18R/36L on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

“A motorised cleaner, that was cleared to carry out a derruberisation and sweeping of the runway discovered the remains at about 0106hours, and escalated the situation to relevant departments.

“As a result, between 0110 and 0343 hours, the runway was temporarily closed to allow for an immediate evacuation of the remains. Flight operations resumed at 0343 hours.

“Investigations are ongoing, and a report will be issued accordingly.”

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

However, airport officials had told our correspondent that 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.

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

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