A 28-year-old Turkish heiress bride-to-be and her entire bachelorette party died in a plane crash while on their way home from what had been a fun hen party in Dubai.
Mina Basaran threw a lavish hen party at the One and Only Royal Mirage luxury hotel in Dubai, attended by her closest friends who were also part of her wedding entourage.
The excited young bride-to-be shared photos on her Instagram page, using the hashtag #minasbachelorette.
There was a photo of her taken in front of the plane owned by a private holding company of her father, Turkish businessman Huseyin Basaran. Mina’s father owns several companies and is the top shareholder of Bahrain Middle East Bank BSC.
Her last post on her Instagram page was reportedly that of her (in white robe) surrounded by her seven friends (in pink robes). The ladies were all wearing sunglasses and were obviously having a good time at Mina’s bachelorette party.
Sadly, while the plane was returning home last Sunday (local time), it crashed into an Iranian mountainside.
Iranian state-run media outlet IRNA reported that 10 bodies were recovered from the crash site in the Zagros mountains near the city of Shahr-e Kord.
Based on data from flight-tracking website FlightRadar24, the plane rapidly gained altitude at about an hour into the flight, then dropped quickly within just a few minutes and hit the mountainside. Witnesses recalled seeing the plane on fire even before it hit the mountain.
Authorities are now checking the blackbox recovered at the scene to determine the actual cause of the crash. Meanwhile, the families of the crash victims have arrived at Shahr-e Kord and are awaiting the retrieval of the bodies; though bad weather has prevented helicopters from landing near the site.
Mina was reportedly set to be married on April 14. Rest in peace…