Iranian state TV reported citing aviation official that the crashed aircraft was heading from the city of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates to Turkey’s most populous city of Istanbul.
According to the Iranian News Agency Tasnim, a private passenger jet crashed near the city of Shahr-e Kord in the southwestern province of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari. According to reports, the jet crashed in the mountainous area and caught fire before impact according to a witness living in the village.
11 were onboard the aircraft, the ISNA News agency reported citing sources in rescue services. Of them, 11 were allegedly killed.
Tasnim News Agency has posted a picture of a smoke rising from the alleged crashed site.
It had eight passengers, who Turkish media identified as Mina Basaran, the daughter of Turkish businessman Huseyin Basaran, and seven of her friends.
They had reportedly visited the UAE to celebrate her forthcoming marriage.
The cause of the crash is not yet known, but Iran’s state news agency Irna cited an official as saying that the aircraft’s “black boxes” had been recovered.
The reasons behind the incident are yet to be clarified.
On Sunday afternoon, they boarded the jet belonging to Huseyin Basaran’s company, Basaran Investment Holding, at Sharjah International Airport. The two pilots and one flight attendant were also women, Turkish media said.
Data from the FlightRadar24 website shows that about 80 minutes after taking off the jet rapidly gained altitude and then dropped more than 3,050m (10,000ft) before disappearing off the radar.
The Isan news agency cited Iranian civil aviation officials as saying the pilot had requested to fly at a lower altitude due to technical problems.
A witness told state television that the jet was on fire before it crashed near the city of Shahr-e Kord, about 370km (230 miles) south of Tehran.
Photos of the scene of the crash published on Monday showed the wreckage of the plane spread over a mountainside.
It also cited a local Red Crescent official, Reza Zaheri, as saying that all 11 bodies had been recovered from the scene after a 15-hour operation that involved 80 people.
Turkey’s ministry of transport said it would send a team of investigators to the scene.
This is not the only plane crash in Iran in recent time. in February, the Iranian Aseman Airlines plane crashed in the country’s central Isfahan province, killing 60 passengers and six crewmembers onboard.