Iran Voices Regret after Turkish Private Jet Crashes

BREAKING: Turkish plane crashes in Iran on way to Istanbul, leaving 11 dead
DEVELOPING: Turkish plane crashes in Iran, eleven dead
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14 March, 2018

Eleven women died when a private plane crashed in Iran while flying the daughter of a prominent Turkish businessman and her friends home from a hen party, officials and media reports said on Monday.

The plane crashed in Durak Anari village, 110 kilometres (69 miles) from Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province capital city Shahr-e Kord believed to an alleged technical failure killing bride-to-be Mina Basaran and ten other passengers including her friends and three flights' crew member.

The plane was flying from Sharjah of the UAE to Istanbul which disappeared from the radar, the state IRINN TV said.

Sharjah civil aviation authorities said in a statement late Sunday night that the plane's eight passengers were six Turks and two Spaniards.

The plane was also carrying three crew members, an official for Turkey's transport ministry told Reuters.

Huseyin Basaran, the company's third generation chief, is also the former deputy chairman of Turkey's Trabzonspor football team.

Ms Basaran was engaged to Murat Gezer and was due to marry next month at the Ciragan Saray, an Ottoman-era palace which is one of the most prominent wedding venues in Turkey.

Shortly before the crash, the aircraft was given permission by Iranian air traffic control to climb from 36,000 feet (around 11,000 meters) to 37,000 feet (11,300 meters), Dogan reported.

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The plane hit a mountain near Shahr-e Kord and burst into flames, Iranian state television quoted Mojtaba Khaledi, the spokesman of the country's emergency management organization, as saying.

One of the last images posted on Instagram by 28-year-old Ms Basaran showed her standing in front of the doomed jet.

"One photo showed the back Mina in a personalised embroidered denim jacket which read, "#BetterTogether" atop of the words, "Mrs Bride".

It was gathered that the flight which was heading to Instanbul in Turkey began to fail after the plane's engine caught fire and crashed into the mountains of Iran.

According to the FlightRadar24 flight-tracking website, the aircraft climbed before dropping altitude rapidly around 6pm local time (14.31 GMT) on Sunday. He said DNA tests would be needed to identify the dead.

Her Instagram account has since been made private.

A Turkish socialite and seven of her friends has died in a plane crash in Iran after celebrating her hen do in Dubai.


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