Shocking: Plane Carrying Olusegun Agagus Corpse Crash


NairaWall - October 3, 2013, 7:01 pm - submitted in Viewpoint - 390 view(s)

Four survivors found after Embraer 120 jet
comes down outside Lagos airport's domestic
terminal shortly after take- off .
Sixteen people have been killed after a small
passenger plane crashed shortly after take -off
outside Lagos airport' s domestic terminal ,
Nigerian authorities say .
The aircraft , operated by Nigeria's Associated
Airlines, came down in open ground on
Thursday in the West African nation 's
commercial capital .
The aircraft appeared to make a manoeuvre to
avoid a residential area , he said.
The Embraer 120 jet , a Brazilian make, was
flying to Akure , a town about 225 km east of
Lagos, and came down just after 9 :30 am (0830
GMT ), Stella Oduah , Nigeria's aviation minister ,
said in a statement .
The plane 's flight recorder had been found and
an investigation started into what caused the
crash, she said .
Sixteen people were killed and four survived ,
Usman Muktar , commissioner of the Accident
Investigation and
Prevention Bureau, said.
Manzo Ezekiel , a spokesman for the National
Emergency Management Agency, told AFP that
the plane crashed in
an area within the airport complex where fuel
is stored .
Local media reported it was carrying the body
of Olusegun Agagu , a former regional governor,
and members of his family to his funeral.
Coffin in wreckage
A Reuters reporter saw emergency workers take
a coffin out of the wreckage .
" The plane was making a lot of noise before it
came down ," Rasheed Olajide, an engineer at
Lagos airport, told Reuters.
A diplomatic source told Reuters the engine was
made by Pratt & Whitney Canada, a unit of
United Technologies Corp , PW 100.
According to the airfleets .net website, which
keeps a record of passenger aircraft worldwide ,
the aircraft was more than 23 years old .
Embraer said it had offered to help authorities
investigate the crash of the 30 -seater plane.
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 .