According to the Nigerian authorities, sixteen people were killed on Thursday in a small passenger plane crash outside Lagos Murtala Mohammed International Airport’s domestic terminal. Before the crash, the Embraer 120 plane was making a lot of noise, a witness said. Four or five people survived to the accident. The crashed aircraft was flying to Akure, at about 225 km east of Lagos and was carrying the body of the former regional governor Olosegun Agagu and members of his family to his funeral.
A press conference was scheduled at the Lagos airport after the accident but the cause of the crash is still under investigation. The black box was recovered. “The plane couldn’t lift properly so it just comes down” said the Aviation Ministry spokesman Joe Obi. He already said that “some persons are being rushed to hospital.” Two of them are in critical condition.
A police official said on condition of anonymity that aviation officials were discussing a possible engine failure. It is being supposed that the pilot tried to return to the airport for an emergency landing.
The aircraft was operated by Nigeria’s Associated Airliner. It was for more than 23 years in service.
Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica (Embraer), the Brasilian producer, have sold most of the EMB 120’s aircrafts to the United States, France, Russia and Belgium.
The Deputy Governor of Lagos state, Victoria Adejoke Orelope Adefulire appealed to family members to come forward for DNA tests to help identify the victim’s remains.