Turkish business heiress and friends among 11 victims of the fatal plane crash
Mar 12, 2018 World 6685 By Jason Ade
All the passengers on board a private Turkish jet, which crashed in south-western Iran on Sunday are dead according to Iranian state media.
The passengers in Mina Basaran, the daughter of Turkish businessman Huseyin Basaran, and seven of her friends who were returning from their visit to the UAE to celebrate her forthcoming marriage. The
others are the jets two female pilots and one female flight attendant.
The jet came down in the Zagros Mountains, the scene of another plane crash involving Iran's Aseman Airlines less than a month ago, killing all 66 people on board.
Mina Basaran, 28, flew to the UAE with her friends last week for a hen party and had been posting photos of their trip on her Instagram account, the last of which was showed eight women posing in pink and white bath robes at a Dubai hotel on Saturday.
Data from the FlightRadar24 website shows that about 80 minutes after taking off the jet rapidly gained altitude and then dropped more than 3,050m (10,000ft) before disappearing off the radar.
The cause of the crash has not been determined but it is been reported that the jet's "black boxes" had been removed. An Iranian civil aviation official was been cite by the Isan news agency, stating that the pilot had requested to fly at a Lower altitude due to technical problems.
A witness told state television that the jet was on fire before it crashed near the city of Shahr-e Kord, about 370km (230 miles) south of Tehran. It also cited a local Red Crescent official, Reza Zaheri, as saying that all 11 bodies had been recovered from the scene after a 15-hour operation that involved 80 people.
Turkey's ministry of transport said it would send a team of investigators to the scene.