A Turkish socialite celebrating her bachelorette party with seven friends has died in a fatal plane crash.
Mina Basaran, 28, from Turkey, is believed to have been aboard the private flight after throwing a bachelorette party in Dubai.
The flight that was bound for Instanbul in Turkey began to fail after the plane’s engine caught fire and crashed into the mountains of Iran.
All 11 on board died, according to Red Crescent, an Iran news agency.
Eight aboard the flight were passengers and three were crew members.
The country’s Civil Aviation Organization spokesman, Reza Jafarizadeh, said the private jet crashed near Shahr-e Kord city, some 230 miles south of the capital Tehran.
Local villagers who reached the crash site in the Zagros Mountains reportedly found only badly burned bodies and no survivors.
The plane was identified as a Bombardier CL604, tail number TC-TRB by Turkey’s Dogan News Agency.
On Thursday she posted a photograph on Instagram showing her standing on the tarmac in front of the plane wearing a jacket that says ‘#bettertogether Mrs Bride’.
In another picture, she holds heart-shaped balloons inside the plane.
Her wedding was set for next month.
The plane was traced to a company called Basaran Holding, for which Mina worked, according to Turkey’s Transport Ministry.
Huseyin Basaran, Mina’s father, is the chairman of the company.
Huseyin is a former deputy chairman of Trabzonspor football club and owns businesses that span yachts to energy, according to Reuters.
He also runs a series of luxury apartment blocks in Istanbul named ‘Mina Towers’ after his daughter.
Mina was a part of the company’s board of managers and was in line to run the business that included real estate.
On Saturday she posted an image smiling surrounded by her seven friends in pink robes – Mina in white – at a resort in Dubai.
‘#minasbachelorette #bettertogether’ she captioned the image.
The last videos posted to her account showed her and friends enjoying a concert by pop star Rita Ora at a popular Dubai nightclub.
There was no further activity on her account after that.
Iranian emergency management officials described all the passengers as being young women, according to IRNA.
The semi-official Fars news agency reported that the plane took off from Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates and was heading to Turkey’s Istanbul.
The reports did not elaborate.
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 aircraft was a Canadian-made Bombardier, according to the Iranian news agency Tasnim.
‘The plane is on fire. After the pilot asked to lower altitude, it disappeared from the radar,’ Tasnim quoted an ICAO official as saying.
‘The wreck of the jet and the bodies are found. They will be carried down from the mountain when sun comes up. My condolences to those who lost their loved ones,’ the head of humanitarian organization Turkish Red Crescent Kerem Kinik, said on Twitter.
Source: Daily Mail UK