Lagos Airport shut down, officials give reason

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The international wing of Lagos' Murtala Muhammed International Airport was briefly shut down early Thursday after a mangled body was discovered on Runway 18R of the country's main airport.

Lagos International Airport
Lagos International Airport

As of press time, the identification of the body had not been determined. It was also unclear whether the deceased individual was struck by an aircraft taking off or landing on the runway.

The runway was briefly shut down, according to airport officials, while a team of officials from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and the Nigeria Police Force evacuated the body from the runway.

International flights could not land or take off from the airport's international terminal during the runway's temporary closure.

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

Following a brief wait, the airplane was diverted back to Lome.

According to airport officials, the body was discovered on Runway 18R during a normal FAAN runway inspection.

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