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Helicopter carrying the Iranian president crashes

His condition is currently unknown, while search is underway for the crashed heli

A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi crashed while visiting a northern region, Iranian state news agency IRNA reported Sunday.

Raisi was heading to the city of Tabriz, in the northwest of Iran, after returning from an Iran-Azerbaijan border area, according to local media.

  • Two of those helicopters were carrying ministers and officials who arrived at their destination safely, according to Tasnim news agency
  • “An accident happened to the helicopter carrying the president” in the Jofa region of the western province of East Azerbaijan, state television said

The aircraft, which was also carrying Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, came down in East Azerbaijan Province and emergency crews have so far been unable to reach it due to foggy conditions, IRNA reported. 

“20 rescue teams and drones have been sent to the area, but due to the impassability of the area, its mountainous and forest conditions, as well as unfavourable weather conditions, especially heavy fog, the search and rescue operation will take time,” IRNA said.

An Iranian official told Reuters that the lives of Raisi and Amirabdollahian were “at risk following the helicopter crash”.

“We are still hopeful but information coming from the crash site is very concerning,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Tasnim news agency reported, “From the beginning of this incident regarding the President’s helicopter, Red Crescent Relief Forces and auxiliary military and law enforcement forces have started a widespread effort to find this helicopter.”

“Some of the president’s companions on this helicopter were able to communicate with Central Headquarters, raising hopes that the incident could have ended without casualties,” Tasnim added.

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