11 killed as private jet crashes in Iran

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The plane took off from Sharjah International Airport around 4:41 p.m. (1311 GMT; 9:11 a.m. EST) Sunday and reached a cruising altitude of just over 35,000 feet, according to FlightRadar24, a flight-tracking website.

The flight likely carried Mina Basaran, the 28-year-old daughter of the chairman of Basaran Investment Holding. It was also reported that the villagers had seen the plane falling down.

Everyone on board the plane reportedly died in the crash. It also owns hotels.

In another picture, she holds heart-shaped balloons inside the plane and on Saturday, she posted a picture with seven smiling friends from a Dubai resort.

Ms Basaran had been due to get married next month, and had whisked away her seven friends to Dubai to celebrate.

She had become engaged in October and the UAE trip was a traditional "farewell" to her friends before marriage.


Two of the young women were pregnant at the time, Turkish media reported.

Shahr-e Kord is some 370 kilometers (230 miles) south of the capital, Tehran.

Sharjah Civil Aviation Department said in a statement that the plane "did not apply for maintenance procedures while on the ground at the airport".

The aviation agency said six of the eight passengers were Turkish citizens and the other two Spanish.

Co-pilot Melike Kuvvet was one of the Turkish Air Force's first female pilots before leaving to join the private sector. The other had worked in the past for flag carrier Turkish Airlines.

The official added that the agency was investigating the incident.


That plane had disappeared off the radar after taking off from Tehran on a domestic flight as a snowstorm battered the mountains.

It was unclear what caused the crash, but Iran's state news agency Irna said its black boxes had been retrieved from the site.

Some reports said the plane went down during heavy rain.

According to Red Crescent Organization of Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari province, after 15 hours of rescue and search efforts, all the bodies have been recovered and taken down from the top of Helen Mountain by helicopters, while three of the bodies are not identifiable.

The heiress to a business empire whose glamorous life was often splashed across the pages of Turkey's tabloids was killed, along with the rest of her hen party, when the private jet flying them home crashed into remote mountains in western Iran yesterday.

Several bodies and the plane's black box have already been retrieved by officials.


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