Turkish private jet crashes in SW Iran, up to 11 feared dead

Frederick Owens
March 12, 2018

A wealthy Turkish socialite and her friends were among the 11 people killed on Sunday when a private plane bringing them home from a Dubai bachelorette party crashed into an Iranian mountainside.

Images also showed her relaxing with seven friends at a Dubai Marina hotel resort on Saturday.

A Turkish private jet carrying 11 people has crashed in southern Iran.

Basaran Investment Holding is active in the food, finance, energy, construction, tourism and travel industries, according to the company's website.

Iranian media reported that rescuers had been dispatched by land to the crash site, which is located in a relatively isolated area of Helen's Mountain - a protected area in the Zagros range.

The plane had left from the emirate of Sharjah and crashed near the city of Shahr-e Kord, about 400 kilometres (250 miles) south of Tehran, Iranian state television reported.

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The plane took off late yesterday afternoon and climbed to a cruising altitude of just over 35,000 feet.

Mina Basaran, a 28-year-old woman who is part of Basaran Holding's board of managers and is in line to run the business, posted photographs on Instagram of what appeared to be her bachelorette party in Dubai.

Iranian emergency management officials said all the passengers were young women, according to state television IRNA.

He said the eight passengers included at least one member of Basaran's family and, in a Twitter posting, offered condolences.

In a Sunday statement, Qassemi said a number of relief teams rushed to the site of the plane crash despite severe climate of the region for closely monitoring the situation and providing relief aid.

"The plane is on fire".

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