Nigeria witnessed another tragedy of plane crash few hours ago as a plane crash belonging to Associated Airline crashed shortly after taking off from Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos. The plane, a 1 Lear 45 XR belongs to Associated Airline and is believed to be a chartered flight to Akure. Information gathered revealed that the plane was carrying the remains of late Dr. Olusegun Agagu, the former governor of Ondo state. Also believed to be in the plane are Agagu’s first son, Deji Falae, a serving commissioner in Ondo state, popular funeral director of MIC, Tunji Okusanya, Ondo top government officials and other family members of the late politician. Meanwhile rumours were that the widow of the former governor and Gbenga Obasanjo were among other passengers in the plane. A confirmation from airport authority has however confirmed that the widow was not among the passengers About twenty passengers are said to be in the crashed aircraft while rescue operations are ongoing, feelers are that few of the passengers are found to be alive and so far nine have been confirmed dead.
Associated Aviation is an airline that is based in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria. The airlines main operating base is Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport. The airline was established in 1996 and in 2007 after the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority’s recapitilization drive it was re-registered for operation and then later sold in 2008 to a group of investors who have driven the route expansion of the Airline as well as the acquisition of new aircraft.
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