Six Survivors Confirmed As Rescue Efforts Continue At Lagos Plane Crash site
The plane was said to have crashed landed shortly after it suffered an engine failure near an airport fuel depot and killing at least nine people, officials said.
The Associated Airlines plane, a chartered flight bound for Akure located about 140 miles (225km) north-east of Lagos crashed shortly after take off at about 09:30 local time (08:30 GMT) from the domestic terminal at Lagos’s Murtala Mohammed International Airport.
Officials said the plane crashed on to open land within the airport complex, close to a fuel storage depot.
Ibrahim Farinloye of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) told AFP that the accident caused at least “nine deaths” with six confirmed survivors while one person was being treated for serious injuries.
“The rescue operation is still on,” he said, with NEMA staff searching the wreckage of the plane for possible survivors.
Aviation ministry spokesman Joe Obi said there were seven crew and 20 passengers on board.
Reports have it that the plane was carrying the remains of ex-Ondo state governor, who had been set for burial this weekend.
The accident came more than a year after a plane belonging to another domestic carrier, Dana Air, crashed following an engine failure as it approached Lagos on a flight that originated in the capital Abuja.
All the 153 people on board were killed, along with six others on the ground as the plane plunged into a densely packed residential neighbourhood, destroying a three-story building.
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