At least eight people died in a plane crash that occurred at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos around 9.20 am this morning. Several others feared injured. The plane was conveying the body of the former Ondo State governor, Olusegun Agagu.
An Associated Airline jet with seven crew and 20 passengers flying to Akure, Ondo was carrying passengers heading for the burial of former Ondo State governor, Olusegun Agagu, a spokesman for the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency said.
Some sources, however, report nine people to be killed.
According to some, reports, the jet was also conveying the body of Agagu who perished a week ago.
Some of the passengers who perished in the air crash are believed to be family members of the late governor and officials of Ondo state government.
The plane nose-dived from into a building in the area less than a minute after take-off. Aviation Ministry spokesman, Joe Obi, said:
“The plane couldn’t lift properly so it just came down. “Some persons are being rushed to hospital. A few dead bodies have been recovered, but there are survivors.”
The crash occurred at the local wing of the airport close to the section were JET-A1, plane fuel, is stored.
Fire service officials were seen evacuating the occupants of the plane.
“There’s a lot of smoke coming from the runway, but we can’t get access to it. There are fire-fighters rushing to the scene,” Rasaki Rhakod, who runs a car service around the airport said.
“There’s a lot of smoke coming from the runway, but we can’t get access to it. There are fire-fighters rushing to the scene,” Rasaki Rhakod, who runs a car service around the airport, told Reuters by telephone.
The spokesman of the Nigeria aviation agencies, Yakubu Datti, asked for more time to get details of the incident.
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