Private Turkish plane crashes in western Iran

The private jet that crashed on Sunday evening in southwestern Iran after taking off from Sharjah International Airport, en route to Istanbul, had no UAE nationals on board, a statement from the Sharjah Civil Aviation Department (SCAD) said.

Reports say the plane fell down near Shahr-e Kord, the capital city of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province.

"We can confirm that a Turkish private jet. while passing through our airspace disappeared from the radar and crashed near Shahr-e Kord", Jafarzadeh said.

Villagers near the crash earlier said 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.

According to a post on the official Twitter account of the Iranian Red Crescent Society, 10 rescue teams have been dispatched to the site of the disaster to search for possible survivors.

Those on board included Basaran's daughter Mina and seven of her friends, all flying back from a party ahead of her planned wedding next month.

The plane took off late yesterday afternoon and climbed to a cruising altitude of just over 35,000 feet. Turkey's Transport Ministry said the plane belongs to a company named Basaran Holding, which The Associated Press could not immediately reach.

Among the last photographs posted by Başaran was an image of the crashed plane posted three days ago.

Turkey's private Doğan News Agency identified the plane as a Bombardier CL604, tail number TC-TRB.

Iranian news agencies are reporting that a Turkish plane traveling in Iran's air space has crashed.

There was no further activity on her account after that.

  • Jacqueline Ellis