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Thursday, 3 October 2013
Tragedy: Obasanjo, Agagu Sons, PDP Topshots Involved In Plane Crash
Tragedy: Obasanjo’s Son, Agagu Children, PDP Topshots Die In Plane Crash-Tragedy struck on Thursday morning as a plane crash has claimed the life of many dignitaries attending the funeral of the late Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Agagu.
The body of the departed Governor was being conveyed in a chartered aircraft from Lagos for burial rites in Akure, the Ondo state capital, when the Aircraft crashed briefly after taking off
About 27 people were reported to be on board of the Aircraft, with about 16 people confirmed dead. The plane crashed shortly after it took off from the Domestic Wing of the Murtala International Airport, Lagos.
Casualties according to first hand information include, GbengaObasanjo, son of the former PresidentOlusegunObasanjo, the son the late governor, accompanying the body and many top state and national Peoples Democratic Party top stalwarts who were traveling for the burial rites to be commenced today inAkure,Ondo State. The son of former presidential aspirant, Chief OluFalae, Mr DejiFalae and the Nigerian Minister of Culture and Tourism are said to be on board of the plane.
The maker of the Casket in which the body was to be buried, one Mr Okusanya of MIC Casket also died.
He was accompanying the family on goodwill gesture in sympathy.
It was confirmed that there were five survivors and they were rushed to the hospital. The casket of the former governor have been deposited in the nearby naval base in Ikeja.
According to the Ministry of Aviation’s spokesman, Joe Obi, there were few survivors in the crash.
The light Aircraft was said to have been chartered from the Associated Airlines with seven crew membersand and 20 passengers.
“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 the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), confirmed that there had been casualties as many were killed.