Oct. 3, 2013
SaharaReporters: An aircraft conveying the body of former Governor Olusegun Agagu of Ondo State, crashed today shortly after takeoff, killing 9 people on board.
Two sources told our correspondent that that there were at least 15 passengers on the crashed plane. Some of the passengers who perished in the air crash are believed to be family members of the late governor and officials of Ondo state government.
National Emergency Management Agency officials said 6 people survived the crash which happened in the Mafoloku area of Oshodi in Lagos.
Press Release By Minister of Aviation
An Embraer aircraft operated by Associated Airlines with Reg No SCD 361 enroute Akure from the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, crashed shortly after take-off at about 9.30 am local time. The plane had 20 passengers and 7 crew members on board.
Emergency rescue operations commenced immediately by a combined team of Fire Service and security personnel . Some persons pulled out from the aircraft have been rushed to the hospital while a few dead bodies have been recovered, The rescue operations is still on-going.
SA (Media) to the Hon. Minister