Turkish private jet crashes in Iran

Turkish private jet crashes in Iran

Turkish private jet crashes in Iran

Reports indicated the Bombardier Challenger 604 jet crashed in the Zagros Mountains outside Shahr-e Kord, a city that sits roughly 230 miles south of the Iranian capital, Tehran.

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the UAE has affirmed that it will provide support to authorities in Iran investigating the fatal plane crash that killed 11 people on Sunday.

It said the eight passengers on board were six Turks and two Spaniards.

The three crew members as well as the eight passengers on board were also identified as female.

The Turkish private plane was carrying Mina Basaran, a 28-year-old heiress who was returning from Dubai after bridal party celebrations with her friends when the accident occurred.

A private Turkish plane crashed on Sunday in western Iran, Iran's Press TV reported.

Mina was a part of the company's board of managers and was in line to run the business that included real estate.

It remains unclear what caused the crash, though a witness told state television the plane was on fire before it hit the mountain.

Villagers said they saw flames coming from the plane's engine before the crash, according to a report by Iran's state-run judiciary news agency Mizan.

A bride-to-be and her bridal party have died weeks before the wedding, after their private jet crashed into a mountainside and burst into flames.

Flight-tracking website FlightRadar24 writes the plane gained altitude and within minutes dropped drastically. Officials said that the identification of the bodies will be possible after DNA test. Turkey's Transport Ministry said the aircraft belonged to a company named Basaran Holding.

A day ago, Mina posted a picture on her Instagram account, which shows her surrounded by smiling friends in sunglasses and dressing gowns.

The families of the victims accompanied by Turkish diplomats have reportedly arrived in the town of Shahr-e Kord.

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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