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Plane Crash Kills 13 in Nigeria

  • A rescue worker douses a part of the wreckage of a charter passenger jet that crashed soon after take off from Lagos airport, Nigeria, Oct. 3, 2013.
  • Rescue workers inspect the wreckage of a charter passenger jet that crashed soon after take off from Lagos airport, Nigeria, Oct. 3, 2013.
  • A rescue worker inspects the wreckage of a charter passenger jet that crashed soon after take off from Lagos airport, Nigeria, Oct. 3, 2013.
  • Rescue workers gather around the wreckage of a charter passenger jet that crashed soon after take off from Lagos airport, Nigeria, Oct. 3, 2013.

Plane Crash Kills 8 in Nigeria

VOA News
Officials in Nigeria say at least 13 people died Thursday when a small plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Lagos.

Nigeria's emergency management agency says the plane experienced engine trouble and went down near a fuel depot at Lagos's domestic airport.

The chartered flight, operated by Nigeria's Associated Airlines, was flying to the town of Akure in Ondo state.

There were 20 people aboard the plane, including crew members.  The aircraft was also carrying the body of a former Ondo state governor Olusegun Agagu to his funeral.

Aviation officials say the plane's flight recorder has been recovered.

A deadly plane crash last year renewed concerns about aviation safety in the country.  All 153 people died in June of 2012 when a Dana Airlines jet crashed into a Lagos neighborhood nine kilometers from the airport.

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