TEHRAN - Startling revelations have emerged about the victims of the Turkish plane crash in Iran.
Plane was carrying a bride-to-be and her seven friends on a bachelorette party.
All eight friends died in the crash. The plane was reportedly owned by Turkish Business tychoon Hussein Basaran. His daughter was onboard the ill fated plane.
This was reported by several Turkish news websites on Sunday evening. Mina Basaran, the 28-year-old heiress daughter of a business tycoon, was returning from her bachelorette party in Dubai, when the tragic incident occurred.
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Besides the eight friends, three crew members onboard also died in the crash that happened 370 km to the south of Tehran. The plane is reported to have encountered heavy, rainy weather, crashed into a mountain and burst into flames.
In fact, the crashed jet - a Bombardier Challenger C600 series - belonged to her father, Huseyin Basaran, of the Basaran Yatirim Holding business conglomerate with interests in construction, tourism, aviation, hotels, food, energy and more.
Turkey 's Haber Turk website reported that Mina was to marry businessman Murat Gezer on April 14 in a grand ceremony in Istanbul. She is also said to have been readying to take over her father's business.
The plane hit a mountain near Shahr-e Kord and burst into flames.
The private plane was carrying eight passengers and three crew, an official for Turkey’s transport ministry said.
Basaran Investment Holding is active in the food, finance, energy, construction, tourism and travel industries, according to the company’s website.
An Iranian emergency services spokesman was quoted by ISNA news agency as saying the wreckage was burning and was clearly visible.
Shahr-e Kord is some 230 miles (370 kilometres) south of the capital, Tehran. Emergency crews were attempting to reach the crash site but the terrain was mountainous, making their approach difficult, he said.
The plane took off around 4.41pm on Sunday and reached a cruising altitude of just over 35,000 feet, according to FlightRadar24, a flight-tracking website. At around 6.01pm, something appears to have gone wrong with the flight as it rapidly gained altitude and then dropped drastically within minutes, data published by the website showed.
Villagers near the crash say they saw flames coming from the plane’s engine before the crash.
Turkey’s private Dogan News Agency identified the plane as a Bombardier CL604, tail number TC-TRB.
The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.
Tasnim quoted an ICAO official as saying: "The plane is on fire. After the pilot asked to lower altitude, it disappeared from the radar."
Turkey 's NTV channel, quoting the Turkish transport ministry, said the plane belonged to the Istanbul-based Basaran Holding Company which is active in the energy, construction and tourism sectors.
Iranian media reported that rescuers had been dispatched by land to the crash site, which is located in a relatively isolated area Helen's Mountain - a protected area in the Zagros range.
Some reports said the plane went down during heavy rain.
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.
The Zagros range was the scene of another aviation tragedy in February, when an ATR-72 twin engine passenger plane of Iran's Aseman Airlines crashed there, killing all 66 people on board.
The plane had disappeared from radar after taking off from Tehran on a domestic flight as a snowstorm battered the mountains.
Rescue teams had to battle bad weather for days before they were able to recover the black boxes of that aircraft and had to interrupt their operation several times because of bad weather.
They are still working on bringing the remains of those killed down the valley from the crash site which lies at a height of about 4,000 metres.- Agencies.