A private jet aircraft has crashed in the Zagros Mountains in Iran after taking off from Sharjah International Airport. Travelling to Istanbul, the Turkish-bound jet was carrying 11 people on board, all women, who were all killed in the crash.
According to media reports from Turkey, the aircraft was carrying eight passengers and three crew. It has also been reported that one of the passengers is Mina Basaran, daughter of Istanbul-based billionaire Huseyin Basaran.
The eight young women are believed to have been on holiday in Dubai, celebrating Mina Basaran’s engagement announced last October. The group were on their way back to Turkey when the plane went down.
Sharjah Civil Aviation Department (SCAD) reported that the private Bombardier Challenger private jet, which reportedly belongs to Basaran Holding company, did not apply for maintenance during its brief stay at the airport.
Iranian rescue teams are currently working to retrieve the bodies of those killed in the crash.
The latest aviation disaster marks the second aircraft to have crashed in the Zagros Mountains within the last month. In February, Aseman Airlines Flight EP3704 crashed in the mountain range, all 66 people on board were killed.