Sixteen people were killed in Nigeria when a small passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff outside of Lagos airport's domestic terminal. ABC News reported on Oct. 3, 2013, that a chartered airplane nosedived into the ground and then burst into flames just mere yards from tanks of aviation fuel.
The plane was operated by Nigeria's Associated Airlines and came down in open ground.
Local reports state that the plane was carrying the body of a former regional governor along with members of his family for his funeral. One reporter even saw emergency workers going up to the plane crash and remove a coffin out of the wreckage.
"The plane was making a lot of noise before it came down," Rasheed Olajide, an engineer at the airport, told Reuters.
As it was starting to go down, the aircraft reportedly made a maneuver in the air so as to avoid a residential area. An investigation is ongoing as to what caused the Nigerian plane crash now that the plane's flight recorder has been found.
While 16 people were killed in the crash, four did survive. The plane was a Brazilian made Embraer 120 that was heading to Akure, a town about 140 miles east of Lagos.