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Iran plane crash: All 11 people on Turkish jet killed

All 11 people on board a Turkish plane that crashed in western Iran have been killed, Iranian media report.

The private jet crashed near the city of Shahr-e Kord in in the western province of Chahrmahal-Bakhtiyari, according to state broadcaster IRINN.

An emergency services spokesman told the channel that the plane came down in a mountainous area and caught fire.

It was reportedly travelling from the United Arab Emirates to Istanbul when the incident happened.

“We can confirm that a Turkish private jet, while passing through our airspace, disappeared from the radar and crashed near Shahr-e Kord,” a spokesman for Iran’s Civil Aviation Organisation told state television.

Reza Jafarzadeh, who is head of the organisation, said the plane was carrying eight passengers and three crew members.

It belonged to a firm owned by the Turkish businessman Hussein Basaran.

His daughter and seven of her friends were on board the plane and were returning from a hen party in Dubai when it crashed, Turkish media reported.

The head of the Turkish Red Crescent told Reuters news agency that there was “no chance” of any survivors.

Emergency crews are attempting to reach the crash site. A spokesman for the emergency services told state television that the wreckage was clearly visible but the mountainous terrain was making it difficult to access.

Last month, a plane carrying 66 people came down in Iran’s Zagros mountains which are also in the west of the country.

The Aseman Airlines plane, en route from Tehran to the south-western city of Yasuj, came down near the city of Semirom in Isfahan province.

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