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Last updated: 19 March 2018
Date:Sunday 11 March 2018
Time:ca 18:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic CL60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604
Operator:Basaran Holding
Registration: TC-TRB
C/n / msn: 5494
First flight: 2001
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Shahr-e Kurd (   Iran)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Sharjah Airport (SHJ/OMSJ), United Arab Emirates
Destination airport:Istanbul-Atatürk International Airport (IST/LTBA), Turkey
A Turkish Challenger 604 corporate jet has reportedly crashed near Shahr-e Kurd in Iran. The aircraft operated on a flight from Sharjah, UAE to Istanbul, Turkey.
Flight tracking data from Flightradar24 shows the aircraft departing at 13:11 UTC. A cruising altitude of FL360 was reached at 13:44. About 14:32 the aircraft climbed to about FL377 when it suddenly entered a pronounced descent.
The aircraft then crashed in mountainous terrain. Weather conditions at the accident site include thunderstorms, heavy winds and rain.

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Distance from Sharjah Airport to Istanbul-Atatürk International Airport as the crow flies is 2995 km (1872 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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