DEVELOPING: Turkish plane crashes in Iran, eleven dead

A plane has crashed in Iran

All 11 people on board a private Turkish plane were presumed dead on Sunday after it crashed and burst into flames on an Iranian mountainside while en route from the United Arab Emirates to Istanbul, officials said.

A spokesman for Iran's Emergency Organization said all the 11 people overseas the jet have been killed.

The Istanbul-based Basaran is active in the energy, construction and tourism sectors.

Civil Aviation Oganization spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh confirmed the plane crashed in a city south of the Iranian capital of Tehran.

Emergency crews were attempting to reach the crash site but the terrain was mountainous, making their approach hard, he said.

Mina Basaran, the 28-year-old daughter of Basaran's chairman who is part of the company's board of managers and is in line to run the business, posted photographs on Instagram of what appeared to be her bachelorette party in Dubai.

Sharjah Civil Aviation Department said in a statement that the plane "did not apply for maintenance procedures while on the ground at the airport".

Iranian emergency management officials said all the passengers were young women, according to state television IRNA.

The plane was seen catching fire in the air before it crashed into the heights of Helen Mountain near Dorak Anari village, Xinhua reported.

The head of Iran's Red Crescent, Morteza Salimi, told state television that two helicopters would fly to the area on Monday morning "to search for the plane's debris and bodies" - indicating there could be no survivors.

In February, an Iranian Aseman Airlines plane crashed in the country's central Isfahan province, killing 60 passengers and six crew members on board.

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