Friday, 4 October 2013

Lagos Plane Crash Update

Thirteen people have been confirmed dead in a plane crash near the Murtala Muhammed International airport; Lagos.

The Associated Airlines plane which was conveying the body of former Ondo state governor, Doctor Olusegun Agagu to Akure, crashed a minute after take-off.

The Ondo State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Deji Falae, the boss of MIC Undertakers, Olatunji Okusanya and his son, were among those who died in the crash.

However, the son of the late governor,  Feyi Agagu, Femi Akinsanya  and five others, survived the crash.

The Chief Operating Officer of the Accident Investigation Bureau,  Mukhtar Usman said an emergency centre has been set up for the families of the victims.

The General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Doctor Femi Okeosanyintolu
  said the casket bearing the remains of  Agagu was recovered intact.

The Chief Operating Officer of Associated Aviation Limited, Alhaji Taiwo Raji has in the meantime said that the plane which crashed yesterday had its last maintenance on the fourteenth of June this year.

He said the airline has a valid insurance cover for the aircraft with Sema Insurance and Nigeria Re-Insurance.

Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah said investigations into the plane crash had begun.

Oduah in a statement issued in Abuja, added that the Black Box of the ill-fated plane had been recovered and handed over to the Accident Investigation Bureau.

Meanwhile, the final burial rites of former Ondo state governor, Doctor Olusegun Agagu, are to be held today in his hometown in Ondo state.

The body was reportedly transported by road to Ondo state yesterday after the plane crash.

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