Basran Holdings heiress Mina Basaran.
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DUBAI – A Turkish heiress and seven of her friends were among 11 people killed after their private plane crashed in Iran enroute from Sharjah to Istanbul, Turkish officials said.
Mina Basaran, 28, was headed home from her bachelorette party in the UAE when the jet crashed into an Iranian mountainside during heavy rain on Saturday evening.
The private jet was owned by Basaran’s father, Turkish businessman Huseyin Basaran, who owns various businesses in Turkey, including a series of luxury apartment blocks called “Mina Towers”, which he named after his daughter.
Mina Basaran was due to be married next month. She and her friends were at the One and Only Royal Mirage in Dubai for her bachelorette party. The last photo on the bride-to-be’s Instagram account showed the group wearing robes and sunglasses.
The group was headed back to Istanbul, their plane taking off from Sharjah International Airport at around 5:16pm before disappearing from radar at 7:30pm after leaving UAE airspace.
The pilot requested to fly at a lower altitude, Iran’s Civil Aviation Authority told local media outlets.
Images on social media showed a large plume of black smoke rising from the Zagros Mountains near Shahr-e Kord in Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari province.
The plane and the bodies have been found and will be carried down from the mountain.
Local residents who reached the site of the crash said there appeared to be no survivors and victims’ bodies were burnt, Isna news agency reported, quoting Mojtaba Khaledi, spokesman for Iran’s emergency services.
The pilot, Melike Kuvvet, was one of the first female pilots in the Turkish military, before she resigned and worked in the private sector. DAJ/Expat Media
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