Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Jet travelling from Sharjah to Istanbul crashes in Iran, 11 killed

Jet travelling from Sharjah to Istanbul crashes in Iran, 11 killed

A Turkish business jet carrying eight passengers and three crew members crashed into a mountain in central Iran on Sunday, killing all on board, the Iranian authorities said.

Days earlier, the doomed aircraft carried a bachelorette party bound for Dubai, although it was not clear who was on the plane when it went down.

The plane had left from the emirate of Sharjah and crashed near the city of Shahr-e Kord, about 400km south of Tehran, Iranian state television reported.

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.

"We can confirm that a Turkish private jet. while passing through our airspace disappeared from the radar and crashed near Shahr-e Kord", Civil Aviation Organization spokesman, Reza Jafarizadeh told state television. He said DNA tests would be needed to identify the dead.

The semi-official Fars news agency said the plane took off from Sharjah International Airport on its way to Istanbul.

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According to a post on the official Twitter account of the Iranian Red Crescent Society, 10 rescue teams have been dispatched to the site of the disaster to search for possible survivors.

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

A spokesman for the emergency services told state television that the wreckage was clearly visible but the mountainous terrain was making it hard to access.

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.

Sunday's crash comes less than a month after an Iranian ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short regional flights, crashed in southern Iran, killing all 65 people aboard.

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