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Iran Finds Black Box, Bodies From Turkish Plane Crash

Source: RFE/RL

Iranian state media reports that authorities have recovered the black box from a Turkish private jet that crashed in southwestern Iran on March 11, killing all 11 people onboard.

Wreckage of the plane at the crash site
(photo by Islamic Republic News Agency)

The IRNA news agency said on March 12 that 10 bodies have been recovered so far from the crash site outside of the city of Shahr-e Kord, about 370 kilometers south of Tehran.

Iran's search and rescure forces recovering the bodies from the crash site
(photo by Islamic Republic News Agency)

Mojtaba Khaledi, the spokesman for Iran's emergency services, said the aircraft encountered bad weather in Iranian airspace before it crashed into a mountain and burst into flames.

Turkish media reports said the plane was carrying Mina Basaran, the 28-year-old daughter of Turkish businessman Huseyin Basaran, along with seven of her friends and three crew members.

The last photo of Mina Basaranand her seven friends

The reports said Basaran and her friends had been celebrating in Dubai ahead of her wedding. Their flight was due to return them from the United Arab Emirates to Istanbul.

Huseyin Basaran has business interests in Turkey's tourism, finance, construction, aviation, cement, and energy sectors.

Based on reporting by Tasnim, Iranian State TV, Reuters, and AP

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