A bride to be and friends die in plane crash

A bride to be and friends die in plane crash

Sunday's crash comes after an Iranian ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, crashed in southern Iran, killing all 65 people on board in February.

Socialite Mina was a star on social media and has more than 85,000 followers on Instagram.

A graduate of the private Koc University, Ms Basaran and her friends were from the wealthiest echelons of Turkish society and were educated in the country's best institutions and overseas. Several of the victims, like Mina, had successful careers in the fashion industry.

Emergency crews had a hard approach to reach the crash site because of the mountainous terrain, ISNA said. Turkey's Transport Ministry said the plane belongs to a company named Basaran Holding, which The Associated Press could not immediately reach.

The young woman posted a picture on Instagram a day ago, which shows her surrounded by smiling friends in sunglasses and dressing gowns.

"Other recent photos included Basaran carrying flowers on an airport tarmac and wearing a denim jacket reading "Mrs. Bride" and the hashtag "#bettertogether".

A video posted to her account showed the friends at a Rita Ora concert in the city.

Iran's Red Crescent Organization (IRCS) said that it dispatched 10 rescue teams to the site of the Turkish private jet soon after the incident.

Heiress Mina Basaran, 28, died along with her friends and three flight crew when the private jet went down in southwest Iran after the engine reportedly caught fire mid-flight.

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.

Turkish media reported the two female pilots killed were Beril Gerbes and Melike Kuvvet.

Finding the aircraft's black box will help investigators trying to piece together what happened.

The people on board the flight from Sharjah to Istanbul were all females as there were 2 female pilots, a female crew member, the bride to be and her 7 bridesmaids.Authorities confirmed on Monday that none of them survived.

The jet suddenly gained altitude roughly 80 minutes into the flight, and then plunged 3,050 metres, before disappearing from the radar, according to data from FlightRadar24.

But heavy rain and wind at the crash site initially made it impossible for helicopters to land in the area and bring the bodies down.