11 Killed As Private Jet From UAE To Turkey Crashes In Iran

| March 12 , 2018 , 11:20 IST

All 11 people on board a Turkish private jet were killed when the jet crashed on Sunday in a mountainous region of Iran. The plane was flying from the United Arab Emirates to Istanbul.

There were reportedly eight passengers and three crew members on board when the flight took off from Sharjah International Airport of UAE.

Iranian emergency management officials said all the passengers were young women.

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Days ago, the plane was carrying a bachelorette party for Dubai, although it was not clear who was on the plane at the time of the crash.  

Iranian state television quoted a spokesman for the country's emergency management organization as saying that the plane hit a mountain near Shahr-e Kord and burst into flames. Shahr-e Kord is some 370 kilometres south of the capital, Tehran.  

While providing details the spokesman, Mojtaba Khaledi, later told a website associated with state TV that local villagers had reached the site in the Zagros Mountains and found only badly burned bodies and no survivors.

He added DNA tests would be needed for the identification of the dead.

The plane took off late Sunday afternoon and climbed to a cruising altitude of just over 35,000 feet. A little over an hour later, it rapidly gained altitude and then dropped drastically within minutes, according to FlightRadar24, a flight-tracking website.

Turkey's private Dogan News Agency identified the plane as a Bombardier CL604, tail number TC-TRB. Turkey's Transport Ministry said the aircraft belonged to a company named Basaran Holding.

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The incident on Sunday comes less than a month after an Iranian ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop aircraft used for short regional flights, crashed in southern Iran, killing all 66 people on board.