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Nigeria grounds airline after accident killing 13

Monday - 10/7/2013, 8:20am  ET

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's Federal Aviation Agency says authorities have grounded all aircraft belonging to Lagos-based Associated Airline following a plane crash that killed at least 13 passengers.

Spokesman Yakubu Dati said Monday the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority suspended all the company's operations on Friday, the day after the crash of a plane chartered for the short flight from Lagos to the Ondo state capital of Akure.

The Associated Airline Embraer-120 nosedived to the ground minutes after taking off from the domestic terminal of Lagos' Murtala Muhammed Airport. It was carrying 13 passengers, seven crew members and the body of a former Ondo state governor. The casket was recovered.

Commissioner Muktar Usman of the Accident Prevention and Investigation Bureau said Monday that officials have started a readout of the plane's flight recorders.


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