20:43 GMT05 July 2020
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    Iranian state TV cited an aviation official as saying that the crashed aircraft was heading from the city of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates to Turkey's most populous city, Istanbul.

    According to Iran's Tasnim News Agency, 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 a mountainous area and caught fire.

    Between 11 to 20 people were on board the aircraft, Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) reported, citing sources in rescue services. Of them, 11 were allegedly killed.

    According to Kerem Kinik, the head of Turkish Red Crescent, eight passengers, and three crewmembers onboard the plane were killed. This number includes the daughter of Turkish businessman Huseyin Basaran.

    ​Tasnim News has posted a picture of a smoke rising from the alleged crashed site.

    The reasons behind the incident have yet to be clarified.

    Rescue teams have reportedly been sent to the crash site.

    This is not the only plane crash to have happened in Iran recently. 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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