Daughter of Turkish tycoon returning home from stagette killed in plane crash in Iran
The daughter of a Turkish tycoon and several of her friends were killed in a plane crash in Iran over the weekend as they returned from her bachelorette party.
Mina Basaran, the 28-year-old daughter of the chairman of Turkey’s Basaran Investment Holding, was on her way back from her stagette in Dubai when a private plane owned by her father’s company went down.
There were 11 people killed in the crash including Basaran and seven of her friends.
Basaran, who had appeared in fashion magazines including Vogue Turkey, had a larger social media following.
Her last post on Instagram included a photo of her and a group of friends celebrating in Dubai.
The post, tagged #minasbachelorette, said it was taken at the One and Only Royal Mirage luxury hotel in Dubai.
On Sunday evening, just hours after news of the crash, there were more than 7,000 comments on the photo.
Other recent photos included Basaran carrying flowers on an airport tarmac and wearing a denim jacket reading “Mrs. Bride” and the hashtag “#bettertogether.”
Another picture from inside a plane showed her holding heart-shaped balloons.
Her Instagram account has since been made private.
Basaran was set to marry Murat Gezer at a five-star hotel in Istanbul in April.
Her father, Huseyin Basaran, owns businesses that span yachts to energy. One of his companies is the top shareholder in Bahrain Middle East Bank BSC, a small investment bank. His construction projects include a series of luxury apartment blocks on Istanbul’s Asian side called “Mina Towers,” named after his daughter.
Basaran was on the firm’s board of governors and was to be the successor to her father in running the family business.
It remains unclear what caused the crash although authorities have recovered the “black box.”
The flight was only in the air for a little over an hour before it rapidly gained altitude and then fell quickly within minutes, according to FlightRadar24, a tracking website.
With files from Associated Press and Reuters
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