At Least 11 Dead In Private Plane Crash In Southwestern Iran

  • At Least 11 Dead In Private Plane Crash In Southwestern Iran

At Least 11 Dead In Private Plane Crash In Southwestern Iran

A private Turkish plane with 11 passengers on board, traveling from Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates to Istanbul, has crashed in southwestern Iran, Iranian state television and the Tasnim news agency reported Sunday, citing aviation officials and the Red Crescent.

An emergency services spokesman said the plane crashed in a mountainous area down near Shahr-e Kord city, some 370 kilometres south of Tehran, and caught fire.

Calls to Basaran Holding's office in Istanbul went unanswered.

Those on board included Basaran's daughter Mina and seven of her friends, all flying back from a party ahead of her planned wedding next month.

Emergency crews had a hard approach to reach the crash site because of the mountainous terrain, ISNA said. He said DNA tests would be needed to identify the dead.

In another picture, she holds heart-shaped balloons inside the plane.

Everyone onboard the plane reportedly died in the crash.

A little over an hour later, it rapidly gained altitude and then dropped drastically within minutes, according to FlightRadar24, a flight-tracking website.

The last videos posted to her account showed her enjoying a concert by the British pop star Rita Ora at a popular Dubai nightclub.

It added that the plane took off from Sharjah International Airport in the UAE.

The Zagros range was the scene of another aviation tragedy in February, when an ATR-72 twin engine passenger plane of Iran's Aseman Airlines crashed there killing all 66 people on board.