The scene of the crash at Zagros Mountains, Shahr-e Kord, Iran.
PHOTO BY TASNIM NEWS/TWITTER
DUBAI – A private jet with 11 people onboard crashed in Iran after leaving Sharjah enroute to Istanbul on Sunday, the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) confirmed.
The GCAA said the plane was registered in Turkey. Iranian news agency Isna earlier reported that the crash killed 11 people.
“The Iranian authorities will investigate this air accident and we will provide our support for the investigation as much as possible,” according to the GCAA, which also extended its “sincere condolences to the families of the victims.”
The Sharjah Department of Civil Aviation said that the plane took off from Sharjah at 5:16pm and disappeared from radar at 7:30pm after leaving UAE airspace.
Quoting an emergency services spokesman, Iran’s state TV reported that the plane crashed during heavy rain in a mountainous area before bursting into flames.
Mojtaba Khaledi, spokesman of Iran’s emergency management organisation, said the crash happened at a mountain in Shahr-e Kord, some 370 kilometres south of the capital, Tehran.
Rescuers were reportedly trying to reach the crash site up in the Zagros Mountains, state-run Irna news agency reported.
News agency Mizan also quoted villagers as saying that they saw flames coming from the plane’s engine before the crash.
The Bombardier CL604 plane took off from Sharjah International Airport on its way to Istanbul, according to Fars news agency and Dogan News Agency.
Turkey’s Transport Ministry said the plane belongs to a company named Basaran Holding. DAJ/Expat Media
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