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Private Turkish jet carrying bride and friends from bachelorette party in Dubai crashes in Iran

PRIVATE TURKISH JET CARRYING BRIDE AND FRIENDS FROM BACHELORETTE PARTY IN DUBAI CRASHES IN IRAN

A private plane carrying the daughter of the owner of one of Turkey's leading companies and 10 others who were traveling to Istanbul from a bachelorette party crashed in southwestern Iran on Sunday.

The Bombardier Challenger 604 business jet, owned by Başaran Holding, was carrying the Başaran Holding's heir Mina Başaran who traveled to Dubai on Friday with seven friends to celebrate her bachelorette party. Başaran was due to marry at the end of March.

Authorities said the jet crashed Sunday night in a mountainous region of Iran, some 370 kilometers (230 miles) south of the capital Tehran, amid heavy rain. None of the passengers were confirmed dead, however, the emergency crew has yet to arrive at the plane wreck.

"We can confirm that a Turkish private jet ... while passing through our airspace disappeared from the radar and crashed near Shahr-e Kord," Civil Aviation Organization spokesman, Reza Jafarizadeh told state television.

An emergency services spokesman was quoted by state TV as saying the plane crashed in a mountainous area and caught fire.

Villagers near the crash say they saw flames coming from the plane's engine before the crash, according to a report by Iran's state-run judiciary news agency Mizan.

The semi-official Fars news agency said the plane took off from Sharjah International Airport on its way to Istanbul. Officials at the airport did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Earlier in February, an Iranian ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, crashed in southern Iran, killing all 65 people on board.

The Başaran Investment Holding operates in different sectors including tourism, finance, construction, tourism, aviation, cement, and energy. The family company also owns two luxury hotels, Ramada Resort Bodrum and Ramada Plaza Trabzon.

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