Serla Balkarlı Can, an academic at the university, said Necipoğlu was invited to Rio de Janeiro to give a concert there. “We learned that she got on board the Air France plane to return to Turkey to give final exams to her students. It was very important to give a concert in Brazil. The plane crash is a tragedy. However, we are still hopeful that she is alive,” she said.
Erol İpekli, another academic, said Necipoğlu was a respected lecturer in her university. “We are all surprised and sad. She was a very successful artist we all adored. We are concerned about her whereabouts,” İpekli noted.
Necipoğlu was 37 and gave over 60 concerts all around the world.