Iran recovers black boxes of crashed Turkish plane

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Tehran, March 12 (IANS) Iranian authorities on Monday located the two black boxes from a Turkish private jet that crashed with no survivors in southwestern Iran. The bodies of all 11 people on board were also recovered.

The jet crashed into a mountain side in central Iran on Sunday night while carrying the daughter of Turkish businessman Huseyin Basaran, along with seven of her friends and three crew members as they were returning to Turkey from the girl’s bachelorette party in the United Arab Emirates.

The plane’s two black boxes had been found and delivered to military officials, the state-run IRNA news agency reported.

The Turkish state-owned news agency Anadolu said the Canadair CL604 business jet crashed shortly after calling to report an unspecified “technical failure”, according to the Turkish Ministry of Transport.

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A local Iranian Red Crescent official, Reza Zaheri, told IRNA that three of the bodies were unrecognizable and that the remains of all 11 of the deceased were to be delivered to the coroner for identification.

The families of the victims had arrived at the nearby Shahr-e Kord airport along with a Turkish diplomat, said deputy governor of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province, Jafar Mardani.

Two of the deceased held dual Turkish-Spanish nationality, which they had obtained through a law that recognizes Sephardic origins in Spain, Efe news agency reported citing diplomatic sources.

–IANS

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