Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

A bride to be and friends die in plane crash

A bride to be and friends die in plane crash

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

Turkish Heiress and Instagram star Mina Basaran, 28, had set off for Dubai for a weekend-long hen-do with close friends.

According to her social media, she was the owner of a Ramada resort in Turkey and a yacht firm.

Turkish media reports said Mina Basaran was to marry her fiance Murat on April 14 at the Ciragan Saray, an Ottoman-era palace by the Bosphorus and one of the most prominent wedding venues in Turkey.

But this one is especially agonizing as it involved one bride to be and a small group of all female friends and crew.

One of the final images of Ms Basaran shows her in her seat on the private jet holding a bouquet of flowers, surrounded by heart-shaped balloons. His construction projects include a series of luxury apartment blocks on Istanbul's Asian side called "Mina Towers", named after his daughter.

She posted photos on Instagram recently that are believed to be of her hen party, which included eight women.

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"My condolences to those who lost their loved ones", the head of the Turkish Red Crescent, Kerem Kinik, said on Twitter, citing his Iranian sister organisation.

A witness told state television that the jet was on fire before it crashed near the city of Shahr-e Kord, about 370km (230 miles) south of Tehran.

Families of the victims arrived in Shahr-e Kord accompanied by Turkish diplomats, IRNA reported. Eight aboard the flight were passengers and three were crew members.

The plane has been identified as a Bombardier CL604 and its tail number is TC-TRB. It was also reported that the villagers had seen the plane falling down.

It remains unclear what caused the crash although authorities have recovered the "black box".

According to SCAD, the private 604 Pompadier Turkish TCTRB took off at 5.16 pm local time from Sharjah International Airport en route to Istanbul Ataturk Airport and disappeared from the radar after leaving the UAE at 7.30 pm.

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