Thick clouds of black smoke can be seen at the site of the crash. Emergency services have been dispatched to the location. The head of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority said the Dana Air Boeing MD83 was heading to Lagos from the capital Abuja.
Local residents have reportedly witnessed bodies burning at the crash site. Officials of the Lagos Fire Service and other rescue workers are evacuating residents of nearby houses.
Lagos' international airport is a major hub for West Africa and saw 2.3 million passengers pass through it in 2009, according to the most recent statistics provided by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.