The fiance of a Turkish heiress who died when her private jet crashed in Iran while returning from her hen do in Dubai, today carried her casket at her funeral.
Mina Basaran, 28, seven of her friends and three crew-members died after the jet owned by her father’s company suffered ‘technical problems’ and went down over Iran.
She had been due to marry Murat Gezer next month, but instead her fiance was today forced to say goodbye at her rose-clad coffin.
In a heartbreaking tribute left for Miss Basaran, Mr Gezer wrote: ‘My sweet-hearted angel. I love you very much. Wait for me.’
Their wedding would have been held on April 14 at the Ciragan Saray, an Ottoman-era palace by the Bosphorus in Istanbul.
Miss Basaran was buried after a farewell ceremony at a mosque in the Atakoy district of Istanbul for her and two other victims.
Her hen party had been made up of seven young women, many of them had successful careers in the fashion industry, and several of them recently married.
Sinan Urfali, husband of fashion designer Burcu Gundogar Urfali, could be seen breaking down at his young wife’s coffin outside the mosque.
Asli Izmirli and Ayse And were laid to rest at the Zincirlikuyu Cemetery in another part of Istanbul.
Liana Hananel and Jasmin Baruh Siloni, members of Istanbul’s Jewish community, were buried in separate ceremonies at two Jewish cemeteries in the districts of Ulus and Arnavutkoy.
Hostess Eda Uslu was buried in Istanbul and pilot Melike Kuvvet, a former member of the Turkish air force, was buried in her home city of Konya.
Her pilot’s overalls were laid on her coffin as relatives laid their heads on it in grief, television pictures showed.
The body of the other pilot, Beril Gerbes, has yet to be recovered.
Iran’s Civil Aviation Organisation said the plane crashed after a technical problem whose origin remains unknown.
Miss Basaran worked for her father’s company Basaran Holdings. Mr Basaran is a former deputy chairman of Trabzonspor football club and owns businesses that span yachts to energy, according to Reuters .
He also runs a series of luxury apartment blocks in Istanbul named ‘Mina Towers’ after his daughter.
Mina was a part of the company’s board of managers and was in line to run the business that included real estate.
source: Daily Mail