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Private Turkish plane crashes in western Iran

Private Turkish plane crashes in western Iran

A wealthy Turkish socialite and her friends were among the 11 people killed on Sunday when a private plane bringing them home from a Dubai bachelorette party crashed into an Iranian mountainside.

The last Instagram posting by Mina Basaran (centre, standing) - the bride-to-be with her friends in Dubai.

A spokesman for Iran's Emergency Organization said all the 11 people overseas the jet have been killed.

She was also in line to run her father's business, Basaran Investment Holding, which is active in the food, finance, energy, construction, tourism and travel industries.

Civil Aviation Oganization spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh confirmed the plane crashed in a city south of the Iranian capital of Tehran.

It was reportedly travelling from the United Arab Emirates to Istanbul when the incident happened.

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The flight took off from Sharjah International Airport, according to the General Civil Aviation Authority in the UAE.

The 28-year-old had become a board member of her father's company already in 2013, Turkish reports said.

The state-run IRNA news agency and state television said rescuers were trying to reach the scene of the accident.

According to preliminary data, the plane caught fire after it hit the ground. "After the pilot asked to lower altitude, it disappeared from the radar".

The head of Iran's Red Crescent, Morteza Salimi, told state television that two helicopters would fly to the area on Monday morning "to search for the plane's debris and bodies" - indicating there could be no survivors.

An Iranian emergency services spokesman was quoted by ISNA news agency as saying the wreckage was burning and was clearly visible.