8 dead in Lagos plane crash
03 October 2013, 16:00
Lagos - A plane with 20 people on board suffered engine
failure on Thursday shortly after takeoff in Lagos, crash-landing near an
airport fuel depot and killing at least eight people, officials told AFP.
The Associated Airlines charter flight took off at roughly 09:30
from the domestic terminal at Lagos' Murtala Mohammed International Airport.
"It was going to Akure [in the southwest]. The engine
failed on takeoff and it crash-landed and burst into flames," said Supo
Atobatele, spokesperson for the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency.
Ibrahim Farinloye of the National Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA) told AFP that "eight bodies" had been recovered so far,
with another person being treated for serious injuries.
"The rescue operation is still on," he said, with
NEMA staff searching the wreckage of the charter flight for potential
Another NEMA spokesperson, Manzo Ezekiel, told AFP that the
plane crashed in an area within the airport complex where fuel is stored.
The area lies between the international and domestic
terminal, he added, but it was yet unclear if the fuel caught fire.
Atobatele had earlier said the plane crashed on the runway.