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

Rescue workers stand near the tail of a plane at the site of a plane crash near the Lagos international airport October 3, 2013. Fifteen people were killed when an Embraer passenger plane crashed shortly after take-off just outside Lagos airport's domestic terminal on Thursday, Nigerian authorities said. REUTERS/Akitnunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: DISASTER SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Plane crashes after takeoff from Lagos

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)