Turkish business tycoon's daughter, set to marry next month, dies in Iran plane crash

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Among the 11 people who were killed on Monday in a private Turkish plane crash in southwestern Iran, was Mina Basaran, the daughter of a leading Turkish businessman Huseyin Basaran. Mina and her seven friends were the only passengers on the plane apart from the three crew. The eight had spent the past days in the United Arab Emirates to celebrate Mina's marriage due next month. Turkey's Haber Turk website stated that Mina was to marry businessman Murat Gezer on April 14 in a grand ceremony at Istanbul's Cirali Palace.

A day ago, Mina had posted a picture on her Instagram account, which shows her surrounded by smiling friends in sunglasses and dressing gowns. The photograph was hashtagged #minasbachelorette and #bettertogether.

The reports further said that the crew, including the two pilots, were also all female.

Iranian state media reported that the plane crashed in the Zagros Mountains on Sunday evening during a flight from Sharjah to Istanbul. Reports said the jet encountered heavy, rainy weather, crashed into a mountain and burst into flames.

Iran's state news agency IRNA said rescuers at the site had found 10 bodies, which were to be taken by helicopter to the Shahr-e-Kord airport, about 400 kilometres (250 miles) south of Tehran.

Rescue workers are continuing to search for the eleventh body, it said, adding that all the corpses so far found had been identified except for two, which were heavily burnt.

The aircraft's black boxes were found and will be handed to Turkish authorities, IRNA said, citing Jafar Madani, deputy governor of the province where the plane crashed.

The crashed jet - a Bombardier Challenger C600 series - belonged to Mina's father, Huseyin Basaran, of the Basaran Yatirim Holding business conglomerate in Turkey, with interests in construction, tourism, aviation, hotels, food, energy and more, the report said.

The crash comes less than a month after a twin-engine passenger plane of Iran's Aseman Airlines crashed in the Zagros range, killing all 66 people on board.

The plane had disappeared off the radar after taking off from Tehran on a domestic flight as a snowstorm battered the mountains.