Turkish private jet crashes in Iran; all 11 aboard killed

Emmett Rice
March 12, 2018

A private Turkish plane flying from Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates to the Turkish city of Istanbul with at least 11 people on board crashes in western Iran, the spokesman for Iran's Civil Aviation Organization says.

Iranian emergency management officials said all the passengers were young women and the emergency crew discovered all the bodies after the crash, according to state television IRNA.

Meanwhile, the President of the Turkish Red Crescent Kerem Kinik said on his Twitter account that all eight passengers on board the plane were killed in the crash. He said DNA tests would be needed to identify the dead.

Witnesses said the plane crashed in a mountainous area and caught fire, Iran's Mehr News Agency reported.

The plane took off 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.

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It added that the plane took off from Sharjah International Airport in the UAE. Turkey's Transport Ministry said the plane belongs to a company named Basaran Holding, which The Associated Press could not immediately reach.

"She also posted a photo three days ago of the plane on the tarmac carrying flowers, wearing a denim jacket reading "Mrs Bride" and the hashtag "#bettertogether".

She was also in line to run her father's business, Basaran Investment Holding, which is active in the food, finance, energy, construction, tourism and travel industries.

There was no further activity on her account after that.

Her public Instagram page showed her standing next to an aircraft with the unique tail code TC-TRB - the same as the plane that went down and images from inside the aircraft.

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