Disaster: Plane Conveying Agagu’s Body Crashes In Lagos

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A Lagos-Akure-bound Associated Airlines flight taking off from the Murtala Muhammad International Airport crashed in the early hours of Thursday.

Aviation officials confirmed that the plane crashed into the fuel dump area of the airport and caught fire minutes after take-off.

Early reports of the crash suggested that the ill-fated flight was conveying the body of the late former Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Agagu.

Dr. Oke Osayintolu, the General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, confirmed that 11 occupants of the aircraft with registration umber 5NBJY died, while four were rescued and taken to the hospital.

Mr. Rask Fadipe, the Director of Lagos State Fire Service, told newsmen that he received an SOS at 9.30 a.m. in respect of the incident.

Fadipe said he deployed three fire-fighting vehicles of 10,000 litres capacity each, which put out the fire.

The aircraft cut into two with the front section burnt beyond recognition and the back area almost intact, the fire official said.

He said the aircraft contained burial materials.

Meanwhile, rescue officials said the coffin had been brought out intact through the assistance of local welders, who caught through the luggage compartment of the aircraft.

Unconfirmed report also indicated that close family members of the late governor might have been on the flight.

Some reports Agagu’s widow, his first son, Deji Falae, a serving commissioner in Ondo state, popular funeral director of MIC, Tunji Okusanya, son of former president Olusegun Obasanjo, Gbenga and other family members of the late politician were aboard the ill-fated flight.