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At Least 11 Dead In Private Plane Crash In Southwestern Iran

A private Turkish plane traveling from Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates to Istanbul crashed in south-western Iran, March 10 2018.

A private Turkish jet flying from the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) to Istanbul has crashed in southwestern Iran, killing at least 11 people.

Iranian state television quoted Mojtaba Khaledi, the spokesman of the country's emergency management organization, as saying the aircraft, which was traveling from the city of Sharjah in the U.A.E. to Istanbul on March 11, hit a mountain in Shahr-e Kord, Iran, and burst into flames.

The plane had left from the emirate of Sharjah and went down near the city of Shahr-e Kord, about 400 kilometres (250 miles) south of Tehran, state television reported.

The aircraft was a Canadian-made Bombardier, according to the Iranian news agency Tasnim.

It had eight passengers and three crew members on board, said Reza Jafarzadeh, head of the Iran Civil Aviation Organization.

Some reports say the crash happened during heavy rain. Sharhe Kord is in the Zagros mountains.

The state-run IRNA news agency and state television said rescuers were trying to reach the scene of the accident.

Based on reporting by Tasnim, Iranian State TV, Reuters, and AP