Fourteen die in air crash horror

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THIS chartered aircraft nosedived into the ground after take-off and burst into flames yards from tanks of aviation fuel, killing 14 people, according to officials in Lagos, Nigeria.

Six survivors were rushed to hospital, two in critical condition, said Joe Obi, spokesman for Nigeria’s Aviation Ministry.

He said the aircraft was carrying 20 people – 13 passengers and seven crew members.

The Brazilian-made turboprop Embraer-120 crashed at 9.20am shortly after taking off from Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Police Commissioner Waheed Sanau said the plane was chartered from Associated Airline to fly from Lagos to Akure in Ondo state and crashed into open land near a tollgate shortly after taking off.

Nigerian airlines and airports have a notoriously poor safety record. Picture: AP