11 dead as plane flying from UAE crashes in Iran

In this photo provided by Tasnim News Agency, a view of the wreckage of a Turkish private jet that crashed on Sunday in Zagros Mountains, outside of the city of Shahr-e Kord, some 230 miles (370 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran, Monday, March 12, 2018. Investigators on Monday found the "black box" from a Turkish private jet that crashed in an Iranian mountain range on its way from the United Arab Emirates to Istanbul, killing all 11 people on board — likely including a Turkish bride-to-be and her bachelorette party. (Alireza Motamedi/Tasnim News Agency via AP)

A bride-to-be and her hen party were killed when their private jet crashed in an Iranian mountain range on the way home from Dubai. Authorities have said all 11 people on board the plane died in the crash but so far, only 10 bodies have been recovered.

 

Today, the plane’s ‘black box’ was found, with investigators hoping it will give them information about what may have caused the crash in the Zagros Mountains outside of the city of Shahr-e Kord, some 230 miles south of Iran’s capital, Tehran. Families of the victims have arrived in Shahr-e Kord, accompanied by Turkish diplomats, IRNA reported. The flight took off on Sunday from Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates. But just over an hour into the flight, the plane rapidly gained altitude and then dropped drastically within minutes, according to flight-tracking website FlightRadar24.

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Entire hen party killed in plane crash on way home from Dubai
Entire hen party killed in plane crash on way home from Dubai
Mina Basaran. Authorities have so far recovered 10 bodies from the crash site in the Zagros Mountains outside of the city of Shahr-e Kord
Mina Basaran. Authorities have so far recovered 10 bodies from the crash site in the Zagros Mountains outside of the city of Shahr-e Kord
Mina Basaran. Authorities have so far recovered 10 bodies from the crash site in the Zagros Mountains outside of the city of Shahr-e Kord
Mina Basaran. Authorities have so far recovered 10 bodies from the crash site in the Zagros Mountains outside of the city of Shahr-e Kord

It remains unclear what caused the crash, though a witness reportedly told state television the Bombardier CL604 was on fire before it hit the mountain. Heavy rains and wind in the mountain range since the crash made it impossible for helicopters to land and remove bodies from the mountainside. That black box records cockpit conversations and radio transmissions, as well as other data from a flight. According to the Sharjah civil aviation authority, there were eight passengers on board the plane – six from Turkey and two from Spain – as well as three crew members. ‘The plane did not apply for maintenance procedures while on the ground of the airport,’ their statement said. According to reports in Turkish newspapers, the passengers on board were bride-to-be Mina Basaran, 28, and a group of friends who had been celebrating her hen party in Dubai.

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A picture taken March 12, 2018 shows the wreckage of a plane that crashed a day earlier, in Shahre Kord, in southwestern Iran. All 11 people on board a private Turkish plane that crashed died in the incident, Iranian state media reported. Turkish and Iranian officials said there were eight passengers and three crew aboard the plane, which crashed in the Zagros Mountains during a flight from Sharjah to Istanbul. / AFP PHOTO / TASNIM NEWS / ALIREZA MOTAMEDIALIREZA MOTAMEDI/AFP/Getty Images
A picture taken March 12, 2018 shows the wreckage of a plane that crashed a day earlier, in Shahre Kord, in southwestern Iran. All 11 people on board a private Turkish plane that crashed died in the incident, Iranian state media reported. Turkish and Iranian officials said there were eight passengers and three crew aboard the plane, which crashed in the Zagros Mountains during a flight from Sharjah to Istanbul. / AFP PHOTO / TASNIM NEWS / ALIREZA MOTAMEDIALIREZA MOTAMEDI/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Iranian Red Crescent carry caskets with the bodies of victims of a Turkish plane that crashed a day earlier, in Shahre Kord, in southwestern Iran, on March 12, 2018. All 11 people on board a private Turkish plane that crashed died in the incident, Iranian state media reported. Turkish and Iranian officials said there were eight passengers and three crew aboard the plane, which crashed in the Zagros Mountains during a flight from Sharjah to Istanbul. / AFP PHOTO / TASNIM NEWS / Alireza MOTAMEDIALIREZA MOTAMEDI/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Iranian Red Crescent carry caskets with the bodies of victims of a Turkish plane that crashed a day earlier, in Shahre Kord, in southwestern Iran, on March 12, 2018. All 11 people on board a private Turkish plane that crashed died in the incident, Iranian state media reported. Turkish and Iranian officials said there were eight passengers and three crew aboard the plane, which crashed in the Zagros Mountains during a flight from Sharjah to Istanbul. / AFP PHOTO / TASNIM NEWS / Alireza MOTAMEDIALIREZA MOTAMEDI/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper said the plane’s three crew members – two pilots and one flight attendant – were all women as well. Mina is the daughter of the chairman of Basaran Investment Holding – said to be the owner of the jet. She posted photos on Instagram recently that are believed to be of her hen party, which included eight women.

In one of the pictures, Mina poses on tarmac by the private jet, carrying flowers and wearing a denim jacket with the words ‘Mrs Bride’ written on it. She had used and hashtag ‘#bettertogether’. In another picture, she holds heart-shaped balloons inside the plane and on Saturday, she posted a picture with seven smiling friends from a Dubai resort. The last videos posted to her account showed her enjoying a Rita Ora concert at a popular Dubai nightclub.

 

Source Credit: Metro

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