A bride-to-be and her hen party were killed when their private jet crashed in an Iranian mountain range on the way home from Dubai. According to reports in Turkish newspapers, the passengers on board were bride-to-be Mina Basaran, 28, and a group of friends who had been celebrating her hen party.
Socialite Mina was a star on social media and has more than 85,000 followers on Instagram. She was reportedly on the management board at her millionaire father Huseyin Basaran’s company, and was next in line to run the business. The other women believed to have been in the hen party were identified by local media as Zeynep Coskun, Ayse And, Burcu Urfali, Asli Izmirli, Liana Hananel, Jasmin Baruh and Sinem Akay. Several of them worked in fashion, as jewellery or clothes designers, and appear to have all been part of the upper echelons of Istanbul society.
An image believed to have been posted on social media by Mina as they took off from Istanbul on Thursday shows the hen party posing with three female crew members. Mina Basran also posted a photo online believed to have been taken inside the private jet Mina Basaran, believed to have been pictured before getting on the plane to travel to her hen do.
Mr Basaran is the chairman of Basaran Investment Holding, said to be the owner of the private jet involved in the crash. According to the Evening Standard, he owns ‘several small businesses and a small investment bank’ and is involved in construction projects. One of his projects – a series of luxury apartment blocks in Istanbul – were called ‘Mina Towers’ after his daughter.
She posted photos on Instagram recently that are believed to be of her hen party, which included eight women.
In one of the pictures, Mina poses on tarmac by the private jet, carrying flowers and wearing a denim jacket with the words ‘Mrs Bride’ written on it. She had used the hashtag ‘#bettertogether’.
In another picture, she holds heart-shaped balloons inside the plane and on Saturday, she posted a picture with seven smiling friends from a Dubai resort. The last videos posted to her account showed her enjoying a Rita Ora concert at a popular Dubai nightclub.
The Turkish heiress and her bachelorette party were understood to have been killed in the crash (Picture: AP)
Authorities have said all 11 people on board the plane died in the crash but so far, only 10 bodies have been recovered. Today, the plane’s ‘black box’ was found, with investigators hoping it will give them information about what may have caused the crash in the Zagros Mountains outside of the city of Shahr-e Kord, some 230 miles south of Iran’s capital, Tehran.
Families of the victims have arrived in Shahr-e Kord, accompanied by Turkish diplomats, IRNA reported. Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper said the plane’s three crew members – two pilots and one flight attendant – were all women as well.
Architect Zeynep Coskun, 28, who recently got engaged and would have married in the summer, was also said to be among those on board, Turkey’s private Dogan news agency said. Melike Kuvvet, the plane’s co-pilot, was a former Turkish air force captain who was dismissed from the military but was hoping to be re-instated in May, Dogan reported.
Members of the Iranian Red Crescent carry the bodies of victims away from the crash in southwestern Iran (Picture: AFP/Getty)
The plane’s wreckage in the Zagros Mountains (Picture: AP)
It remains unclear what caused the crash, though a witness reportedly told state television the Bombardier CL604 was on fire before it hit the mountain. The flight took off on Sunday from Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates. But just over an hour into the flight, the plane rapidly gained altitude and then dropped drastically within minutes, according to flight-tracking website FlightRadar24.
Heavy rains and wind in the mountain range since the crash made it impossible for helicopters to land and remove bodies from the mountainside. That black box records cockpit conversations and radio transmissions, as well as other data from a flight.
According to the Sharjah civil aviation authority, there were eight passengers on board the plane – six from Turkey and two from Spain – as well as three crew members. ‘The plane did not apply for maintenance procedures while on the ground of the airport,’ their statement said. Sunday’s crash came less than a month after an Iranian ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short regional flights, crashed in southern Iran, killing all 65 people onboard.
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