Turkish plane bursts into flames in Iran

12 March, 2018, 06:25 | Author: Laverne Higgins
  • Iran plane crash: Turkish private jet 'catches fire'

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.

It was reportedly travelling from the United Arab Emirates to Istanbul when the incident happened.

"A plane belonging to Turkey has crashed near Iran's western city of Shahre Kord".

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

The state-run IRNA news agency and state television said rescuers were trying to reach the scene, high up in the Zagros Mountains.

That's according to a report Sunday night on the crash that quotes the Iranian Red Crescent. Shahr-e Kord is some 370 kilometres (230 miles) south of the capital, Tehran.

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

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Emergency crews were attempting to reach the crash site but the terrain was mountainous, making their approach hard, ISNA said.

A little over an hour later, it rapidly gained altitude and then dropped drastically within minutes, according to FlightRadar24, a flight-tracking website. Officials at the airport did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

It belonged to a firm owned by the Turkish businessman Hussein Basaran.

The last photo on Mina Barasan's Instagram account showed her surrounded by seven other young women, all wearing robes and sunglasses.

Ms Basaran had also posted a picture on social media of her boarding the same Bombardier plane before it left Istanbul for the UAE, the reports added.

Earlier in February, an Iranian ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, crashed in southern Iran, killing all 65 people on board.

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