Bodies of women killed in Iran air crash return to Turkey

A private jet crashed in Iran while returning from a pre-wedding party in the UAE. (REUTERS)
Updated 14 March 2018
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Bodies of women killed in Iran air crash return to Turkey

ISTANBUL: The bodies of 10 of the 11 women killed when a private jet crashed in Iran while returning from a pre-wedding party in the UAE returned to Turkey on Wednesday, a tragedy that shocked Turks.
The women attended the hen party of Mina Basaran, the daughter of Turkish businessman Huseyin Basaran, and were returning home when the private jet crashed into the Zagros mountains.
Mina Basaran, 28, and many of her seven girlfriends who accompanied her on the trip had successful careers with some already starting families. The disaster prompted an outpouring of grief in Turkey.
The other three of the 11 killed, all women, were the two pilots and a flight attendant.
Ten bodies were flown back to Istanbul airport from Iran aboard a Turkish military jet, the Dogan news agency said.
The families of the dead were meanwhile flown home on a scheduled Turkish Airlines flight, it added.
The body of co-pilot Beril Gebes has yet to be recovered, it said, after previous reports said all had been found.
Iranian Legal Medicine Organization confirmed that 10 of the women had been identified. “One of the cadaver bags contained remains which belonged to other 10 bodies. One body is still missing,” it said.
Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization said the plane crashed after a technical problem whose origin remains unknown.
Turkish media reports said Mina Basaran was to marry her fiance Murat Gezer on April 14 at the Ciragan Saray, an Ottoman-era palace by the Bosphorus and one of Turkey’s most prominent wedding venues.
Photographs reprinted from social media showed the eight women lounging at a resort in the UAE and posing with the two pilots inside the plane.
The Basaran Holding company of Mina’s father Huseyin is active in the energy, construction and tourism sectors. Mina had become a board member in 2013.


Rocket hits site of foreign oil firms in Iraq's Basra

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Rocket hits site of foreign oil firms in Iraq's Basra

  • The rocket hit Burjeisa residential and operations headquarters west of Basra
  • Police said the rocket was a short-range Katyusha missile

BASRA: A rocket landed at the headquarters for several global major oil companies, including US giant ExxonMobil, near Iraq’s southern city of Basra early on Wednesday, wounding two Iraqi workers, police said.

The rocket hit the Burjesia residential and operations headquarters west of the city, they said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

A security source said Exxon was preparing to evacuate some 20 foreign staff immediately.

Other companies operating at the site include Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Italian Eni SpA, oil officials said.

Police said the rocket was a short-range Katyusha missile that landed 100 meters from the section of the site used as a residence and operations center by Exxon.

Burjesia is near the Zubair oilfield operated by Eni.

Exxon evacuated staff last month after the United States cited unspecified threats from Iran for a decision to take hundreds of diplomatic staff out of Iraq.

Exxon had begun returning staff to Iraq, however, before Wednesday’s incident.

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