Update 4: Nigeria's President mourns victims of plane crash, orders probe

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed ''great shock and sadness'' at the plane crash that left at least 13 dead in the commercial city of Lagos Thursday.

According to a presidency statement, President Jonathan views the plane crash as most unfortunate and regrettable, given his administration's concerted efforts to enhance aviation safety in the country.

''He has therefore ordered a thorough investigation of the crash by all relevant agencies with a view to determining the cause and taking further actions, as may become necessary,'' the statement said.

The President condoled with all families who lost members in the plane crash.

The local Associated Airlines' Embraer 120 plane, with 13 passengers and seven crew members on board, crashed a few hundred metres from the local wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, shortly after it took off on a flight to Akure in the country's South-west.

PANA reports that the plane was also carrying the remains of a former Governor of South-west Ondo State, who was to be buried Friday. Rescue officials said the casket bearing the body was retrieved intact after the crash.

Thursday's crash was the worst in the country since the 3 June 2012 air disaster in which at least 150 died when a Dana Air plane crashed on approach to Lagos, after a hour-long flight from the inland capital city of Abuja.
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03 october 2013 19:19:43

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