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11 killed as Turkish jet carrying hen party crashes in Iran

AFP  |  Tehran 

Eleven women died when a private plane crashed in while flying the daughter of a prominent Turkish and her friends home from a party, officials and said today.

The Challenger 604, carrying and seven of her friends from Sharjah in the to Istanbul, went down in southwestern on Sunday. Three crew, all women, were also on board.

said the plane crashed at 6:09 pm (1439 GMT) on Sunday after the pilot had asked to descend due to a "technical problem".

The business jet went down in the Zagros mountains, about 400 kilometres (250 miles) south of

The aviation agency said six of the eight passengers were Turkish citizens and the other two Spanish.

Iranian agency reported that the bodies of all 11 on board had been found by rescue teams. The remains were being brought down from the mountainside by helicopter to the in the local provincial capital.

IRNA, another Iranian agency, reported that a group of those close to the victims had arrived at Shahr-e Kord, accompanied by a Turkish

It said all the bodies had been identified except two, which were badly burned.

The said it had sent a plane and emergency personnel to to assist in salvage efforts.

Turkish media reported that Mina Basaran, the 28-year-old daughter of business tycoon Huseyin Basaran, had spent several days in the UAE with friends, celebrating ahead of her wedding next month.

A graduate of Istanbul's Koc University, she had since 2013 been on the board of her father's company, Basaran Holding, and was reportedly being groomed as his successor.

The party was also intended for three other women on board who were due to marry this summer. Several of the victims, like Mina, had successful careers in the fashion industry.

Turkish media reported that at least one was pregnant.

Photographs reprinted from showed the women lounging at a resort at the UAE and posing with the two pilots inside the plane.

The two female pilots were reportedly and Melike Kuvvet, who was one of the first female pilots in the Turkish armed forces but left to work in civil aviation.

Turkish said was to marry her fiance on April 14 at the Ciragan Saray, an Ottoman-era palace by the Bosphorus and one of the most prominent wedding venues in

Mina's father Huseyin had named a massive residential property development on the Asian side of in the district of Fikirtepe after her --

is one of many family-owned conglomerates that have dominated Turkish industry since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

The company grew out of northeastern Turkey's hazelnut trade and has since invested in multiple sectors including finance, construction, energy, cement, tourism, clothing and yachts.

Huseyin Basaran, the company's third generation chief, is also the former of Turkey's Trabzonspor football team.

There was no immediate indication as to the cause of the crash.

The aircraft's black boxes were found and will be handed to Turkish authorities, said.

The crash comes less than a month after a twin-engine passenger plane of Iran's crashed in the Zagros range, killing all 66 people on board.

That plane had disappeared off the radar after taking off from on a domestic flight as a snowstorm battered the mountains.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 19:55 IST