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Helicopter carrying Iranian president crashes

More than 11 hours after a helicopter carrying Iran’s president crashed, authorities have still not made it to the site.

Iranian authorities have launched a search after a helicopter carrying President Ebrahim Raisi went missing the Tasnim News Agency reported on Sunday.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Mohammad Ali Ale-Hashem, the regime’s representative in East Azerbaijan, were reportedly also in the helicopter, which is believed to have crashed.

An Iranian official told the Reuters press agency that the lives of Raisi and Amir-Abdollahian were believed to be “at risk” following a crash.

“We are still hopeful but information coming from the crash site is very concerning,” the anonymous official stated.

According to reports, Raisi’s convoy included three helicopters, and the two other choppers arrived safely at their destination. Tasnim cited local sources as saying that the condition of the helicopter carrying Raisi and Amir-Abdollahian was still unknown due to foggy weather.

Iran’s official IRNA news outlet said rescuers arrived in the area 30 minutes after the incident was reported and had started their search.

Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi confirmed on state-run television that Raisi’s chopper made a “hard landing” and that rescue forces were having a hard time reaching the presumed crash site.

Raisi, known as the “butcher of Tehran” after being involved in the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, was elected president in 2021. The hardline leader has repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel.

–JNS.org |  Used with permission

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