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Turkish private plane crashes in Iran killing 11

Turkish private plane crashes in Iran killing 11

All 11 people on board a private Turkish plane were presumed dead on Sunday after it crashed and burst into flames on an Iranian mountainside while en route from the United Arab Emirates to Istanbul, officials said. "The Iranian authorities will investigate this air accident and we will provide our support for the investigation as much as possible", the UAE authority said in a statement, "The GCAA extends its honest condolences to the families of the victims".

There were from 11 to 20 people aboard the ill-fate plane, Sky News Arabiya said.

Media reports in Turkey said the eight passengers were Mina Basaran, 28, the daughter of a leading Turkish businessman, and her seven friends who had spent the past days in the UAE to celebrate her marriage.

The plane crashed into Iran's mountainous region during heavy rain, authorities said.

The head of Iran's Red Crescent, Morteza Salimi, told state television that two helicopters would fly to the area on Monday morning "to search for the plane's debris and bodies", adding that there were no survivors.




Local media reported the aircraft came down near Shahr-e Kord city, around 230 miles south of Tehran.

The semi-official Fars news agency said the plane took off from Sharjah International Airport on its way to Istanbul.

Six rescue teams were dispatched to the site of the crash, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.

The Başaran Investment Holding operates in different sectors including tourism, finance, construction, tourism, aviation, cement, and energy. The last videos posted to her account showed her and friends enjoying a concert by the British pop star Rita Ora at a popular Dubai nightclub.

The aircraft was a Canadian-made Bombardier, according to the Iranian news agency Tasnim.


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