Iran plane crash: All 11 people on Turkish jet killed

Irene MckinneyMar 12, 2018

There were from 11 to 20 people aboard the ill-fate plane, Sky News Arabiya said.

Iranian state TV reported citing aviation official that the crashed aircraft was heading from the city of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates to Turkey's most populous city of Istanbul. The doomed aircraft days earlier carried a bachelorette party bound for Dubai.

Other Iranian media said the plane went down in a remote mountain in the snow-capped Zagros range during bad weather.

It had eight passengers and three crew members on board, said Reza Jafarzadeh, head of the Iran Civil Aviation Organisation. "Iranian Red Crescent Society has dispatched 10 teams to the disaster area in ChaharMahal and bakhtiari province to search for possible survivors", Kınık said in his tweet.

Emergency crews had a hard approach to reach the crash site because of the mountainous terrain, ISNA said.

Witnesses in a village near the crash claim they saw flames coming from the plane's engine before it crashed, according to Iranian news agency Fars.

Shahr-e Kord is some 370 kilometers (230 miles) south of the capital, Tehran.

It added that the plane took off from Sharjah International Airport in the UAE.

Turkey's NTV channel, quoting the Turkish transport ministry, said the plane belonged to the Istanbul-based Basaran Holding Company which is active in the energy, construction and tourism sectors. Officials there did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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