A Lagos, Nigeria plane crash killed as many as 16 people Thursday, according to Reuters on Oct. 3. The small passenger plane operated by Associated Airlines crashed shortly after it took off from the local airport. A former regional governor's body and several family members were on board the plane, as it was reportedly taking them to a funeral.
The Embraer 120 plane managed to avoid a residential area as the plane crashed near Lagos. While 16 aboard the plane are believed to have died, four managed to survive. Authorities are investigating what happened, and the plane's flight recorder has been recovered. One airport engineer has said that the plane “was making a lot of noise” just before it came down. The Nigeria plane crash happened just after 9:30 a.m. local time.
BBC News reports that the rescue operation continues, and that the survivors on board were injured. It also seems that the plane's engine may have failed, and as the plane crashed it burst into flames. The Lagos, Nigeria plane crash happened close to a fuel storage depot, but it is unknown whether the fuel caught fire.