, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 18 – Normal operations have resumed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) after the body of a man found on the runway was removed.
The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) said the runway was closed for 40 minutes before aircraft’s were cleared for take-off and landing.
“The runway was closed to enable the police to remove the body,” a brief KAA statement said “It is suspected to be a stowaway.”
According to police, the body of the man in his 30’s was found at the edge of the runway at about 7 am.
An airport official had earlier told Capital FM News that aircraft’s which were scheduled to land were diverted and those taking off delayed.
According to police, an initial investigation based on assessment of the man’s body showed he might have been a stowaway who fell off from a landing aircraft.
Another police officer said they were trying to establish if there were any identification documents on the body of the man whose nationality was not immediately known.
The two police officers who spoke to Capital FM News were not willing to be quoted because they are not allowed to offer media briefings at the risk of undermining authorities.
Scenes of Crimes detectives based at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) were called to the airport to examine the body before it was taken to the mortuary.