Plane crashes after takeoff from Lagos

Rescue workers stand near the tail of a plane at the site of a plane crash near the Lagos international airport

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A chartered airplane nosedived into the ground and burst into flames meters (yards) from tanks of aviation fuel, minutes after taking off from Lagos airport Thursday, Nigerian officials said.

Officials said there were casualties among the 20 passengers and seven crew members but refused to confirm reports of several deaths as plumes of smoke rose from the site. (AP)

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