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Entire Hen Party Dies In Horrific Plane Crash

A bride and her hen party were killed on Sunday after a private plane crash-landed on their return from a bachelorette party in Dubai.

Turkish bride-to-be and businesswoman Mina Basaran, 28, was celebrating her impending nuptials to Murat Gezer when the plane burst into flames and crashed in the remote Zagros mountain range in the south of Iran on Sunday.

All passengers and crew members on board the flight from Sharjah to Istanbul were killed, with a death toll of eleven, authorities confirmed on Monday 12 March.
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Just one day before her death, Miss Basaran posted a photo alongside her bridesmaids celebrating the hen party. The future bride was pictured in a white dressing gown, while her seven bridesmaids were in matching pink.

The young businesswoman was also pictured inside the plane, carrying a string of love heart-shaped balloons.

Miss Basaran had spent the past few days celebrating in the United Arab Emirates with seven of her closest friends, reports The Daily Mail.

Two days ago, Miss Basaran shared a photo of herself in front of the private plane, which is believed to be owned by her father, Huseyin Basaran.
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Holding a bouquet of flowers, Miss Basaran wore a denim jacket embroidered with the words ‘Mrs Bride’ and ‘better together’.

The plane took off at 17.16 local time (13.16 GMT) and disappeared from the radar screen at 15.30 GMT, said a statement from the state WAM news agency.

The eight passengers on board have been identified as six Turkish nationals and two Spanish nationals, but the statement did not give the nationality of the three crew members, who were all women.
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A spokesman for Iran’s emergency management organisation, Mojtaba Khaledi, said local villagers discovered the wreckage after the plane went down in bad weather, with some reports claiming the crash was due to heavy rain.

Two helicopters are set to fly to the area, which is a relatively isolated region of Helen’s Mountain, a protected area in the Zagros range, on Monday morning ‘to search for the plane’s debris and bodies’.

He said:

[They] found only badly burned bodies and no survivors.

Mr Khaledi said they would require DNA tests to formerly identify those on board, after the plane is said to have burst into flames. The indication is there are no survivors.

The aircraft was a Canadian-made Bombardier, according to the Iranian news agency Tasnim.

Tasnim quoted an ICAO official as saying:

The plane is on fire. After the pilot asked to lower altitude, it disappeared from the radar.

Head of the Turkish Red Crescent, Kerem Kinik, said on Twitter:

The wreck of the jet and the bodies are found. They will be carried down from the mountain when sun comes up.

He shared the tragic news, adding: ‘My condolences to those who lost their loved ones.’

Sharjah Civil Aviation Department said in a statement that the plane ‘did not apply for maintenance procedures while on the ground at the airport.’
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The plane had two female pilots and the single crew member was female; all those lost on board were women.

An investigation and rescue mission is now open. The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.

Our thoughts are with the friends and families of those lost.