Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Turkish private jet crashes in Iran; 11 killed

Turkish private jet crashes in Iran; 11 killed

"The GCAA has learned that a private plane registered in Turkey has crashed in Iranian territory".

The plane was flying from Sharjah of the UAE to Istanbul which disappeared from the radar, the state IRINN TV said. "The Iranian authorities will investigate this air accident and we will provide our support for the investigation as much as possible", the UAE authority said in a statement, "The GCAA extends its honest condolences to the families of the victims".

Turkish private jet crashes in Iran; 11 killed
Turkish private jet crashes in Iran; 11 killed

"Once we have confirmed the information we will make a statement", he said.

Between 11 to 20 people were onboard the aircraft, the ISNA News agency reported citing sources in rescue services.

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The aircraft came down near the city of Shahr-e Kord, some 370 kilometers (230 miles) south of the capital Tehran, in the southwestern province of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari.

Iran's state-run IRNA news agency says at least 11 people were on board the small Turkish private plane that crashed.

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Mojtaba Khaledi, the spokesman of the National Disaster Management Organization of Iran, said the plane hit a mountain near Shahrekord and burst into flames. Officials there did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The plane was owned by Turkey's Basaran Holding and carried eight passengers and three crew, an official for Turkey's transport ministry said.

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Calls to Basaran Holding's office in Istanbul went unanswered.

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