Published: Mon, March 12, 2018

Iran plane crash: Turkish private jet 'catches fire'

Iran plane crash: Turkish private jet 'catches fire'

A Turkish business jet carrying eight passengers and three crew members crashed into a mountain in central Iran on Sunday, killing all on board, the Iranian authorities said.

The Aseman Airlines plane, en route from Tehran to the south-western city of Yasuj, came down near the city of Semirom in Isfahan province. Turkey's Transport Ministry said the aircraft belonged to a company named Basaran Holding, which The Associated Press could not immediately reach.

Rescuers were dispatched to the scene in a remote part of the Zagros mountain range, 370km (230 miles) south of the capital. They will be carried down from the mountain when sun comes up.

The plane had left from the emirate of Sharjah and went down near the city of Shahr-e Kord, about 400 kilometres south of Tehran, Iranian state television reported.

An emergency services spokesman was quoted by state TV as saying the plane crashed in a mountainous area and caught fire. "My condolences to those who lost their loved ones", the head of the Turkish Red Crescent, Kerem Kinik, said on Twitter, citing his Iranian sister organisation.

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

The plane took off from Sharjah International Airport and was on its way to Istanbul.

A little over an hour later, it rapidly gained altitude and then dropped drastically within minutes, according to FlightRadar24, a flight-tracking website.

Miss Basaran was due to marry businessman Murat Gezer on April 14 at Istanbul's Cirali Palace.

Turkey's private Dogan News Agency identified the plane as a Bombardier CL604, tail number TC-TRB.

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