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Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Dead After Turkish Plane Crashes In Iran

Dead After Turkish Plane Crashes In Iran

The plane, which belonged to Turkish firm Başaran Holding, was travelling back from Dubai to Istanbul.

Mina, the daughter of the Turkish businessman Husesin Basaran, had planned her wedding for next month, news agencies reported.

The all-female crew who also died consisted of pilot Beril Gebes, a former Turkish Airlines pilot who previously flew with the carrier's Airbus A320 fleet. "My condolences to those who lost their loved ones", the head of the Turkish Red Crescent, Kerem Kinik, said on Twitter, citing his Iranian sister organisation. The firm owns hotels and is also active in the energy, construction and tourism sectors.

Ms Urfali also worked in fashion, having studied in Istanbul and NY, and launched her own brand, Bug Uniform, in 2015 to create bespoke corporate outfits.

On Saturday, Basaran posted a picture with seven smiling friends from a Dubai resort.

She had become engaged in October and the UAE trip was a traditional "farewell" to her friends before marriage.

The jet, a Canadian-made Bombardier Challenger, was reportedly owned by the company run by Ms Basaran's father, business tycoon Huseyin Basaran.

Shahr-e Kord is some 230 miles south of the capital, Tehran.

The accident took place just hours after the private jet left the runway at the Sharjah International Airport.

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Sharjah civil aviation authorities say the plane's eight passengers were six Turks and two Spaniards.

The eight passengers and three crew members were all women.

The black box could help investigators determine the cause of the crash, as the equipment typically records cockpit conversations and radio transmissions. It is said that the plane had fallen due to an engine failure.

The plane vanished from radar around 1440 GMT after it took off at 1330 GMT, according to the Turkish ministry.

Several bodies and the plane's black box have already been retrieved by officials.

Medics and rescuers evacuating the body of a victim killed in the crash.

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