Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and all the passengers killed in helicopter crash

Politics 08:35 20.05.2024

 Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister were killed in a helicopter crash in mountainous terrain and icy weather, an Iranian official said on Monday, after search teams located the wreckage in East Azerbaijan province, Ednews reports via Reuters.

"President Raisi, the foreign minister and all the passengers in the helicopter were killed in the crash," the senior Iranian official told Reuters, asking not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Iran's Mehr news agency confirmed the deaths, reporting that "all passengers of the helicopter carrying the Iranian president and foreign minister were martyred".

An Iranian official earlier told Reuters the helicopter carrying Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian was completely burned in the crash on Sunday.
State TV reported that images from the site showed the aircraft slammed into a mountain peak, although there was no official word on the cause of the crash.

****23:55

Türkiye's Disaster Management Agency (AFAD) announced on Sunday that the country is sending a night vision search and rescue helicopter and 32 rescuers following a request from Iran, Ednews reports citing Anadolu Agency.

"Iran has requested a night vision search and rescue helicopter from Türkiye" through the Turkish Foreign Ministry, the agency said on X.

"32 search and rescue mountaineers from the Van and Erzurum branches of the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) and 6 vehicles are en route to the area," it added.

Also, "15 mountaineer search and rescue personnel from Ankara, Diyarbakir, and Konya are on standby," the agency said and added it is closely monitoring the situation for further developments.

****20:35

An unnamed Iranian official told Reuters that the lives of the president and his foreign minister were “at risk” following a “crash”, Ednews reports via The Guardian.

So far, Iranian state media had been reporting that Ebrahim Raisi’s helicopter was forced to make a “hard landing”.

***17:23
The helicopter with Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi on board made a hard landing, Ednews informs via IRNA.

According to the agency, the incident occurred in the city of Varzigan in the Iranian province of East Azerbaijan.

On board were also the Imam of the Tabriz Friday Mosque Muhammad Ali Hashim, Foreign Minister of Iran Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Governor of East Azerbaijan Province Malik Rahmati and several other passengers.

Rescue teams are trying to get to the site, but there is no information about the condition of the Iranian president.

To note, Raisi had been in Azerbaijan early Sunday to inaugurate a dam with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev. The dam is the third one that the two nations built on the Aras River.

 
 

Khamenei's military adviser: "Iran can respond to the US across the seas" - VIDEO

News line

US-Armenia strategic partnership: a misstep in South Caucasus politics
22:15 17.06.2024
Sergio Ramos leaves Sevilla
Sergio Ramos leaves Sevilla
21:00 17.06.2024
At least 10 dead and dozens missing in two Mediterranean shipwrecks
20:00 17.06.2024
Putin appoints energy minister's wife as deputy defense minister
Putin appoints energy minister's wife as deputy defense minister
19:00 17.06.2024
Kremlin views NATO’s rhetoric on putting nukes on alert as escalation
18:00 17.06.2024
Azerbaijan and Türkiye mull preparations for Turkic states' summit in Shusha
17:03 17.06.2024
Marine Le Pen: EU endangers member countries
Marine Le Pen: EU endangers member countries
16:00 17.06.2024
Emergency blackouts will intensify over coming weeks, warns Ukrainian energy official
15:15 17.06.2024
Israel's war cabinet dissolved
14:12 17.06.2024
Israeli military successfully intercepts suspicious aerial target
13:00 17.06.2024
Iran boosts solar panel production, eyes global market
Iran boosts solar panel production, eyes global market
12:00 17.06.2024
Russia demands UNESCO condemn murder of Russian journalist
11:05 17.06.2024
Nato in talks to put nuclear weapons on standby
10:25 17.06.2024
Israeli strike on Gaza refugee camp kills 9
10:00 17.06.2024
England beats Serbia 1-0 to start Euro 2024
England beats Serbia 1-0 to start Euro 2024
09:35 17.06.2024
Global powers fail to sign up to Ukraine peace summit communique
09:00 17.06.2024
Macron calling snap elections could leave France in chaos, Sarkozy warns
21:00 16.06.2024
Israeli strikes reportedly kill 2 in Rafah
20:00 16.06.2024
Adidas investigates bribery allegations in China
Adidas investigates bribery allegations in China
19:00 16.06.2024
Kremlin says Russia open to talks with Ukraine
18:00 16.06.2024
Xi Jinping claimed US wants China to attack Taiwan
17:20 16.06.2024
Chile to join humanitarian demining in Ukraine
Chile to join humanitarian demining in Ukraine
16:49 16.06.2024
Prime Minister of Pakistan makes phone call to President Ilham Aliyev
16:13 16.06.2024
Italy’s PM Meloni says will travel to China in coming weeks
15:39 16.06.2024
Israeli army fighting continues despite 'tactical pause' in Gaza
15:00 16.06.2024
Global leader of ISIS targeted and possibly killed in US airstrike
14:20 16.06.2024
First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva shares post on Eid al-Adha
First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva shares post on Eid al-Adha
13:55 16.06.2024
President Ilham Aliyev shares post on Eid al-Adha
12:52 16.06.2024
Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulates people of Azerbaijan on National Salvation Day
12:16 16.06.2024
Azerbaijani army positions in Nakhchivan direction once again subjected to fire
11:48 16.06.2024
Cuban president boards Russian frigate
Cuban president boards Russian frigate
11:05 16.06.2024
Trump: I will end Biden’s war on crypto
10:43 16.06.2024
Sweden frees Iranian man convicted over 1988 mass executions
10:14 16.06.2024
Iraqi Shiite militia claims missile attack on N. Israel
09:50 16.06.2024
Eid al-Adha prayer performed in Azerbaijani mosques
09:30 16.06.2024
Gaza Health Ministry: Death toll rises to 37,296
Gaza Health Ministry: Death toll rises to 37,296
20:00 15.06.2024
13 Armenian opposition party members arrested amid political turmoil
19:05 15.06.2024
Zelensky meets with Swiss president at peace summit
18:26 15.06.2024
President of BRISD and Global Climate Youth Leader Nawab Commends Azerbaijan’s Leadership at UNFCCC SB60 in Bonn
President of BRISD and Global Climate Youth Leader Nawab Commends Azerbaijan’s Leadership at UNFCCC SB60 in Bonn
18:22 15.06.2024
Sweden says Russian military jet violated airspace
Sweden says Russian military jet violated airspace
17:40 15.06.2024
Hamısı