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‘No signs of life’ after helicopter carrying Iran’s president crashed

2024-05-21T14:39:24+00:00
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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi dies (Photo: The Associated Press)
  • A helicopter containing Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has crashed.
  • There were other officials on board.
  • Rescuers found the remains of the craft.

After finding the remains of the helicopter in which the president of Iran was traveling, rescuers confirmed that they detected «no signs of life.»

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, the country’s Foreign Minister and other officials were traveling on the helicopter.

The helicopter apparently crashed in the mountains of northwestern Iran on Sunday, The Associated Press reported.

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Rescuers detected ‘no signs of life’

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At dawn on Monday, rescuers spotted the helicopter from a distance of about 1.25 miles.

This was reported by the head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society, Pir Hossein Kolivand, to state media.

The official did not give further details, but the Iranian president and his companions had been missing at that time for more than 12 hours.

Rescuers found a helicopter on Monday although «no signs of life» were detected, state media reported.

The accident comes at a delicate moment

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The incident comes as Iran, under the leadership of Raisi and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, launched an unprecedented drone and missile attack against Israel last month.

The nation is also enriching uranium closer to weapons-grade levels than ever before.

Iran has faced years of mass protests against its Shiite theocracy due to a weakened economy and women’s rights.

This makes the moment even more delicate for Tehran and the country’s future, as the war between Israel and Hamas further inflames the Middle East.

Ebrahim Raisi was traveling to the province of Azerbaijan

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The Iranian president was traveling in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province, The Associated Press reported.

State television said what it called a “hard landing” occurred near Jolfa.

It is a city on the border with the nation of Azerbaijan, about 375 miles (600 kilometers) northwest of the Iranian capital, Tehran.

State television later located him further east, near the town of Uzi, but details remained conflicting.

Who else was traveling with Ebrahim Raisi?

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Traveling with Raisi were Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, the governor of Iran’s East Azerbaijan province and other officials and bodyguards, state news agency IRNA reported.

One local government official used the word «accident,» but others referred to either a «forced landing» or an «incident.»

Early Monday morning, Turkish authorities released what they described as drone footage showing what appeared to be a wildfire, which they «suspected was the rest of the helicopter.»

Coordinates indicated in the images placed the fire about 12 miles (20 kilometers) south of the Azerbaijan-Iran border, on the side of a steep mountain.

Officials locate the helicopter

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Images released by IRNA early on Monday showed what the agency described as the crash site, across a steep valley in a green mountain range.

The soldiers speaking in the local Azeri language said: «There it is, we found it.»

Shortly after, state television in scrolling text on the screen said: «There are no signs of life from the people on board.»

It gave no further details, but the semi-official Tasnim news agency showed rescuers using a small drone to fly over the site, with them talking to each other saying the same thing.

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