Fourteen of twenty passengers were killed on October 4, 2013 when a Embraer 120 operated by Associated Airlines crashed shortly after takeoff from Murtala Muhammed Airport, located in Lagos, Nigeria. The plane burst into flames upon impact. Of the six survivors, two are in critical condition and four in stable condition. That anyone survived at all is being accredited to Nigerian first responders, who extinguished the fire within two minutes despite a large and uncontrolled crowd at the crash site.
The body of former governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Agagu, was being accompanied by relatives on the flight to his funeral services. His relatives were among the fatalities. There has been no word on the recovery of Agagu’s body.
The Brazilian made Embraer 120 has been in active service worldwide since 1983 and is commonly considered a workable replacement for the old DC-3 model plane. Although it has largely been replaced in most Western airlines, it continues to be a common fleet fixture in many small airlines around the globe, such as Associated Airlines, based in Lagos.
The flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder were recovered from the wreckage, and an official investigation has been launched by order of President President Goodluck Jonathan, but no findings have been released.