A turboprop Embraer-120 carrying 13 passengers and seven crew members crashed and burst into flames in Lagos, Nigeria, on Thursday, officials said.
Six survivors were rushed to the hospital, two in critical condition, according to Joe Obi, a spokesman for Nigeria’s Aviation Ministry.
The plane was chartered from Murtala Muhammed Airport and crashed shortly after takeoff around 9:20 a.m. local time. The intended destination was Akure in Ondo state.
The deputy governor appealed to family members to come forward for DNA tests to help identify the victims’ remains. She spoke to reporters outside Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, where some of the wounded are being treated.
Local news reports said the plane was carrying mourners and the body of former Ondo state Gov. Olusegun Agagu, who died on Sept. 13. Dati said Agagu’s casket and the black box that records data from the aircraft had been recovered.
The pilot detected trouble shortly after takeoff and tried to return to the airport for an emergency landing but did not make it. The front of the aircraft was completely destroyed, indicating it was the first part to hit the ground.
The Minister for Domestic Aviation, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah, sent condolences to the families of victims and said in a statement, “I assure the public that the investigation will be thorough and that our airspace remains safe and secure.”