Update on the crash , 20 passengers on board and 5 have been rescued and rushed to the hospital  .

more updates to come

“There’s a lot of smoke coming from the runway. There are fire fighters rushing to the scene,” Rasaki Rhakod, who runs a car service around the airport, was quoted by Reuters as saying.

FROM BBC :

A plane carrying 27 people has crashed shortly after take-off from Lagos airport in Nigeria, officials say. At least five bodies have been recovered and one person is being treated for serious injuries. The Associated Airlines plane was bound for Akure, which lies about about 140 miles (225km) north-east of Lagos.

The engine of the plane appeared to fail and the aircraft plunged to the ground and burst into flames, aviation officials said.

Rescue efforts are continuing, however the death toll is expected to rise.

Aviation ministry spokesman Joe Obi said there were seven crew and 20 passengers on board.

Although Nigeria’s air safety record has improved in recent years, the country has a history of major passenger plane crashes.

FROM REUTERS

A small chartered passenger plane with 27 people onboard crashed shortly after take-off at Lagos airport’s domestic terminal on Thursday and at least five people were killed, authorities said.

Aviation Ministry spokesman Joe Obi said there were some survivors from the Associated Airlines plane, which was flying from Nigeria’s commercial capital to Akure, a southwestern town about 140 miles away, with seven crew and 20 passengers.

He did not have details of the type of aircraft.

“The plane couldn’t lift properly so it just came down,” Obi said. “Some persons are being rushed to hospital. A few dead bodies have been recovered, but there are survivors.”

Yakubu Dati, coordinating general manager of Nigeria’s airports authority, told Reuters on the scene that at least five passengers had been killed.

Several local radio stations and Channels TV reported that the plane was carrying a family and the body of former governor of Ondo state Olusegun Agagu to his funeral.

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