3rd October, 2013
The casket carrying the corpse of Chief Olusegun Agagu, the former governor of Ondo state was found intact in the rubble of the Associated Airline plane that crashed in Lagos Nigeria today, aviation sources told P.M.NEWS today.
But two of Agagu’s children, a son and a daughter, did not survive. It could not be confirmed if another son who was also accompanying the corpse, was among the five survivors of the crash.
FAAN in a statement had said 15 people died in the plane, while 5 survived. The five are being treated in the hospital.
The Associated airlines plane crashed on Thursday morning, minutes after taking off at the Murtala Muhammed International in Lagos, southwestern Nigeria, aviation authorities said.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, said the crash occurred at 9.32 am.
The propeller aircraft marked 5N-BJY crashed on its way Akure, the Ondo State Capital with 20 passengers on board, authorities said. It was not clear if that figure included crew members.
“We confirm today the crash of an Embraer 120 (plane) belonging to Associated airlines,” the statement read.
“The rescue operation commenced immediately with all the relevant agencies moving enmasse to the crash site,” FAAN said.
Authorities said the black box of the crashed plane has been found and some survivors were already being treated at the hospital.