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Iranian State Media Confirms Iran President Ebrahim Raisi Dead In Helicopter Crash

The Iranian State Media has confirmed that Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi died in a helicopter crash. The ill-fated helicopter was also carrying Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollhian and other senior officials, who are also confirmed to have died in the crash which happened on Sunday.

Iranian state TV has reported that there are no survivors in the helicopter crash in Northern Iran.

The helicopter was carrying President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollhian, and the Governor of the local province.

The crash occurred on the border between Azerbaijan and Iran.

Iranian State Media Reports Death of President Ebrahim Raisi in Helicopter Crash

The rugged, mountainous terrain and bad weather hampered search and rescue operations.

Iranian officials asked for help from other countries, and Russia, Turkey, and Armenia have sent helicopters, drones, and rescue teams to aid the operations.

The crash site was first located by Turkey’s ‘Akinci’ drones, which were sent to aid the rescue efforts and found a heat source emanating from the crashed chopper; the coordinates were shared with the Iranian Government. It is reported that the rescue teams have reached the crash site and found the chopper completely burned with no signs of any survivors.

The helicopter is reported to have crashed in the mountainous northwestern region of the country, in the province of Jolfa. The chopper was returning to Tehran carrying Raisi and the other officials who had gone to the border with Azerbaijan to inaugurate a project.

The state-run IRNA agency showed the remains of the crashed chopper carrying the Iranian President across a steep valley in a green mountain range. Soldiers speaking in the local language said, “There it is, we found it.”

The helicopter carried nine people, including President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollhian, three Iranian officials, an imam, and flight and security team members.

The three officials aboard the chopper included the Governor of Eastern Azerbaijan province, Malek Rahmati.

The search operations were immediately started after Air Traffic Control lost contact with the chopper. The operations continued all through the night on Monday to locate the site of the crash in East Azerbaijan province.

However, the efforts were hampered by inclement weather conditions, including dense fog and extreme cold.

President Ebrahim Raisi was elected in 2021, and elections were due to take place in 2025.

As per Article 131 of the Islamic Republic’s constitution, in the event of the death of a President during office, the first vice president takes over, with the confirmation of the supreme leader.

New elections must be held within 50 days by a council consisting of the first vice president, the speaker of parliament, and the head of the judiciary.

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