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11 killed as Turkish jet crashes in Iran

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TEHRAN (AFP) – Eleven women were killed when a private plane crashed in Iran while flying the daughter of a prominent Turkish businessman and her friends back from a hen party, officials said yesterday.

The Bombardier Challenger 604, carrying Mina Basaran and seven of her friends back from the United Arab Emirates, went down in southwestern Iran on Sunday en route from Sharjah to Istanbul. Three crew, all women, were also on board.

Iran’s Civil Aviation Organisation said the plane crashed at 6:09 pm (1439 GMT) on Sunday after the pilot had asked to descend due to a “technical problem”.

The business jet went down in the Zargos mountains, about 400 kilometers south of Tehran.

The aviation agency said six of the eight passengers were Turkish citizens and the other two Spanish.

The victims were brought down from the mountainside by helicopter to the Shahr-e Kord airport.

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