Plane crashes after takeoff from Lagos domestic

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Officials say a chartered airplane carrying 20 passengers crashed into the bush and burst into flames after taking off from Lagos domestic airport.

They say there are casualties but would not confirm reports of deaths.

Spokesman Yakubu Dati of the Federal Aviation Agency told The Associated Press that five survivors among 20 passengers have been rushed to the hospital as rescue efforts continued two hours after the crash Thursday morning.

Police Commissioner Sanau Waheed 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. The tollgate is near a fuel storage depot.

Reporters saw plumes of smoke rise into the air.

Nigerian airlines and airports have a notoriously poor safety record.

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