Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s Fate Unknown After Reported Helicopter Incident

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's Fate Unknown After Reported Helicopter Incident
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A heli­copter car­ry­ing Iran­ian Pres­i­dent Ebrahim Raisi expe­ri­enced what offi­cials described as a “hard land­ing” in a remote area of the coun­try on Sunday. 

Res­cuers are des­per­ate­ly try­ing to reach the crash site, but have been slowed by rugged ter­rain and poor visibility.

Accord­ing to Iran­ian state media, Raisi, 63, along with For­eign Min­is­ter Hos­sein Amirab­dol­lahi­an and oth­er local offi­cials were trav­el­ing in a con­voy of heli­copters when one of the air­craft went down near the city of Jol­fa on Iran’s bor­der with Azer­bai­jan, about 375 miles north­west of Tehran.

One local gov­ern­ment offi­cial used the word “crash” to describe the inci­dent, but acknowl­edged that he had yet to reach the site him­self. Nei­ther Iran’s state news agency IRNA nor state TV offered any infor­ma­tion on Raisi’s condition.

Res­cuers were attempt­ing to reach the site, state TV said, but had been ham­pered by poor weath­er con­di­tions, includ­ing heavy rain, fog, and wind. IRNA described the area as a “for­est.”

Raisi had been in Azer­bai­jan ear­li­er on Sun­day to inau­gu­rate a dam with the coun­try’s Pres­i­dent Ilham Aliyev. The vis­it came despite chilly rela­tions between the two nations, includ­ing over a gun attack on Azer­bai­jan’s embassy in Tehran in 2023.

The fate of Pres­i­dent Raisi remains unknown as res­cue teams strug­gle to reach the remote crash site. This devel­op­ing sto­ry will be updat­ed as more infor­ma­tion becomes available.

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