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Four Women Who Died in Plane Crash Over Iran Were Engaged, One Was Pregnant

Local news reports that apart from Turkish heiress Mina Basaran, three of the women along with her were also engaged to be married this summer.
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News has just exploded on the untimely death of 11 people in a plane crash in Iran. One of the victims was Turkish heiress and social media personality Mina Basaran, who was flying back home to Dubai after a bachelorette trip with seven of her friends. Also onboard were three crew members. The private plane was owned by her father’s company.

Here’s everything you need to know about the passengers:

Mina Basaran was to succeed her father, businessman Huseyin Basaran.

Mina’s father heads Basaran Investment Holding, which includes various businesses in its portfolio that involve tourism, finance, construction, and energy. One of the Basaran group’s major projects is the Mina Towers, which was named after the late heiress.


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Mina was being groomed as her father’s successor and held a place on the board of Basaran Holding. She was a graduate of Koc University in Istanbul and is the eldest of two children.

She was engaged to Murat Gezer, the owner of a printing shop group called Metprint Baski Sistemler.

Posted by Murat Gezer on Sunday, September 2, 2012

The couple was due to be married on April 14 at the Ciragan Saray, a five-star hotel that was once a palace, which dates back to the Ottoman empire. They were engaged at Istanbul’s Soho House in October.

She was very popular on Instagram.

The socialite had a following of 84,000 people in a now private account on Instagram. One of her last known posts was of her boarding the private plane, and another that showed her holding heart-shaped balloons while already seated on board, reports the Business Insider. Reuters reports that the heiress’ final post was a photograph of her surrounded by her seven bridesmaids, all of them donning robes and sunglasses. After news of the crash has surfaced, the bride’s followers offered thousands of condolences on her feed’s comment section.


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Among those women included in the plane crash, three of Basaran’s bridesmaids were reportedly engaged to be married themselves and one was pregnant.

To further add to the tragedy, Hurriyet Daily News reported that among the bridesmaids, three were also to marry this summer, while at least one was said to be pregnant. Like Mina, the victims were personalities in the fashion industry. The party included Liana Hananel' founder of clothing brand Lily and Rose; Zeynep Coskun; Jasmin Baruh Siloni; Asli Izmirli; Ayse And; Sinem Akay; and Burcu Urfali.


Urfali was the founder of a clothing line called Bug Uniform. Siloni and Izmir were jewelry designers, while Coskun was the daughter of Orhan Coskun, the owner of the Toyota Akkoyunlu company, The National reports.


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The last photos of Mina and BFFS???? #minabasaran #mina #death #sad

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The plane’s pilot, Meike Kuvvet, was a pioneer in the Turkish military.


Kuvvet was said to be among the first female pilots in the Turkish military. She eventually resigned to work for the private sector. Her co-pilot during the flight was Beril Gebes.

The plane crash comes a month after another incident in the same area.

In mid-February, a plane carrying 66 passengers crashed in the mountainous region of Iran due to poor weather conditions. It was flying over the Zagros Mountains on a route from Tehran to Yasuj. Similar to the recent crash, both incidents happened in areas where the winds were strong. On the latest crash, Turkish Red Crescent head Kerem Kinik said there was “no chance” of any survivors since the aircraft was flying in the snow.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has extended his condolences to the families of the victims.

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