A small chartered passenger
plane with 27 people onboard crashed shortly after
take-off at Lagos airport’s domestic terminal on
Thursday and at least five people were killed,
authorities said. Aviation Ministry spokesman Joe Obi said there
were some survivors from the Associated Airlines
plane, which was flying from Nigeria’s commercial
capital to Akure, a southwestern town about 140
miles away, with seven crew and 20 passengers. He did not have details of the type of aircraft. “The plane couldn’t lift properly so it just came
down,” Obi said. “Some persons are being rushed
to hospital. A few dead bodies have been
recovered, but there are survivors.” Yakubu Dati, coordinating general manager of
Nigeria’s airports authority, told Reuters on the
scene that at least five passengers had been killed. Several local radio stations and Channels TV
reported that the plane was carrying a family and
the body of former governor of Ondo state
Olusegun Agagu to his funeral. “There’s a lot of smoke coming from the runway.
There are fire-fighters rushing to the scene,” Rasaki
Rhakod, who runs a car service around the airport,
told Reuters. Air crashes are relatively common in Nigeria, which
despite having Africa’s second-biggest economy
has a poor safety record. In June last year, 163 people died when a Dana Air
plane crashed into a Lagos apartment block in the
country’s worst airline disaster in two decades.

Source – Reuters