An aircraft with the body of a former Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Agagu, on board, crashed in Lagos on Thursday morning less than a minute after take-off from the local wing of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja.
The EMBRA plane 120, with other 20 passengers on board, was conveying the body of the former governor, who died a week ago, to Akure, the state capital, for the final burial ceremonies.
The 30-seat plane, belonging to Associated Airlines, was said to have crashed around 9.20am immediately after take-off into the compound of a private firm, around the MMIA access gate.
Residents around the area told our corespondent that the plane exploded mid-air before coming down.
As of the time of filling this report, five of the passengers had been rescued out of the 15 on board.
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Rescue operations were still ongoing.
No official statement had been made by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, but the spokesman for the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, Yakubu Datti, confirmed the crash.