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.

 
 

Euronews broadcast interview with President Ilham Aliyev - VIDEO

News line

Antonov: US 'shaking' due to Russia's success in war
14:00 22.06.2024
At least 25 Palestinians killed in strike near Red Cross office in Gaza
13:25 22.06.2024
German Economy Minister Habeck visits China
German Economy Minister Habeck visits China
13:00 22.06.2024
President: Azerbaijan is attractive for investors in both fossil fuels and renewables
12:46 22.06.2024
Taiwan detects 41 Chinese aircraft around island
12:26 22.06.2024
US Olympic gold medalist Gil Roberts gets 8-year doping suspension
US Olympic gold medalist Gil Roberts gets 8-year doping suspension
12:00 22.06.2024
Baku Energy Forum focuses on AI, economic growth, and clean energy transition - COVERAGE
11:39 22.06.2024
Ambassador: Pakistan ready to join North-South International Transport Corridor
11:25 22.06.2024
Euronews broadcast interview with President Ilham Aliyev - VIDEO
11:00 22.06.2024
Azerbaijani Army positions in Kalbajar subjected to fire
10:42 22.06.2024
Putin vows to strengthen Russia's nuclear triad as global deterrent
10:00 22.06.2024
EU set to sign security pact with Ukraine in June
09:44 22.06.2024
Apple reportedly delays AI features rollout in EU
Apple reportedly delays AI features rollout in EU
09:24 22.06.2024
Iran: Hezbollah can defend itself, Lebanon against Israel
09:00 22.06.2024
Austria defeats Poland 3-1 in Euro 2024 group stage
23:00 21.06.2024
Israel's Health Ministry warns of West Nile fever outbreak
Israel's Health Ministry warns of West Nile fever outbreak
22:19 21.06.2024
Germany arrests Russian, Ukrainian, and Armenian nationals on suspicion of espionage
21:10 21.06.2024
Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Bayramov bids farewell to Kyrgyz envoy
20:15 21.06.2024
Russia open to talks with US if Ukraine issue included
19:52 21.06.2024
EU confirms starting talks with Ukraine, Moldova next week
19:24 21.06.2024
Number of landmine victims in Azerbaijan exceeds 360, Baku says
Number of landmine victims in Azerbaijan exceeds 360, Baku says
19:00 21.06.2024
Death toll in Turkish wildfire rises to 8
Death toll in Turkish wildfire rises to 8
18:43 21.06.2024
Israel MFA summons Armenian ambassador amid Palestine recognition
18:25 21.06.2024
Azerbaijan prohibits cousin marriage
18:05 21.06.2024
EU mulls suspension of high-level visits to Georgia
17:49 21.06.2024
London to host 2nd COP29-IEA High-Level Dialogue
17:16 21.06.2024
Yerevan police confiscates car serving seperatist Samvel Shahramanyan - VIDEO
16:59 21.06.2024
Miraculous Indonesia and Associated Policies for Pakistan - ANALYSIS
16:00 21.06.2024
Azerbaijan determines punishments for forcing early marriage
15:42 21.06.2024
US Embassy expressed its condolences to family of deceased ANAMA employee
15:25 21.06.2024
Azerbaijan handed over remains of 2 Armenian soldiers to other side
15:00 21.06.2024
Football legend Roberto Baggio Injured in Armed Robbery
Football legend Roberto Baggio Injured in Armed Robbery
14:22 21.06.2024
President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attend opening of new building of Institute of Botany in Baku
14:11 21.06.2024
Lavrov: Putin's initiative marks Russia's fourth proposal for Ukraine settlement
12:49 21.06.2024
Azerbaijan's strategic currency reserves near $70B
Azerbaijan's strategic currency reserves near $70B
12:09 21.06.2024
Armenia recognizes the State of Palestine
Armenia recognizes the State of Palestine
11:55 21.06.2024
BREAKING NEWS: Ammunition explosion in Azerbaijan's Jabrayil kills ANAMA employee
11:42 21.06.2024
Election Headquarters of Iranian Presidential Candidate Set on Fire - VIDEO
Election Headquarters of Iranian Presidential Candidate Set on Fire - VIDEO
11:30 21.06.2024
Iran MFA Summons Italian Ambassador
11:22 21.06.2024
Azerbaijani Parliament Adds Early Elections Proposal to Agenda
11:02 21.06.2024
Hamısı