LAGOS, NIGERIA — The mangled body of a man was found during a routine runway inspection on the runway at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, early on Thursday. According to the local media, the incident caused the airport to suspend operations temporarily. Outbound flights were delayed while inbound traffic was diverted to other airports.

An investigation has been launched to discover who the man was and what happened to him.

"Nobody can say much now, but he may have been knocked down by the wingspan or undercarriage of a jumbo jet, but it is too early to say anything like that now," 

said aviation security expert and former military commandant of MMIA, Group Captain John Ojikutu.

Capt. Ojikitu also mentioned homes around the airport, which are very close to the runway.

"The rule says no building should be situated less than six meters to the airport structure or fence. However, we have seen cases of people crossing the runway before," 

he said.