11 People Killed in Turkish Plane Crash in Iran

11 People Killed in Turkish Plane Crash in Iran

Monday, 12 March, 2018 - 06:15
A photo showing smoke billowing from the remote mountains in the Zagros range, where the plane has crashed. Getty images
Asharq Al-Awsat
A private Turkish plane with 11 people on board, all women, crashed in Iran's snow-capped Zagros range on Sunday while taking a socialite and her friends back home to Turkey from the United Arab Emirates.

Media reports in Turkey said the eight passengers were Mina Basaran, 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 crew, including the two pilots, were also all female, the reports said.

The reports, carried by the Hurriyet daily and several Turkish TV channels, said the Bombardier Challenger 604 private plane belonged to the Basaran Holding company of Mina's father Huseyin.

The Istanbul-based Basaran is active in the energy, construction and tourism sectors. It also owns hotels.

Turkish and Iranian officials said there were eight passengers and three crew aboard the plane which crashed in the Zagros range south of Iran while flying from Sharjah to Istanbul.

Reza Jafarzadeh, head of the Iran Civil Aviation Organization, confirmed the plane had eight passengers and three crew members on board.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.

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