Uncertainty over the fate of Iranian President Raisi after a helicopter accident

Uncertainty over the fate of Iranian President Raisi after a helicopter accident
Uncertainty over the fate of Iranian President Raisi after a helicopter accident

A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi and his Foreign Minister crashed on Sunday while flying over a mountainous area in thick fog following a trip to the border between Iran and Azerbaijan , said an Iranian official.

He said he was worried about the lives of the head of state and minister Hossein Amirabdollahian. after the helicopter crash “. “ We still hope but the information coming from the accident site is very worrying “, he told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Difficult searches

The Iranian media initially mentioned a “ hard landing » of the device. Bad weather caused the accident and complicated rescue operations, Iranian state media said.

The army chief of staff ordered that all resources of the army and the Revolutionary Guard Corps be used for the search. “ It’s dark and it has started to rain but the search continues. Rescue teams reached the area (…). However, rain turns the earth into mud, making research difficult. “, declared a reporter on public television.

Inauguration of a dam

It interrupted its programs to broadcast images of Iranians praying for the health of President Raïssi throughout the country. According to the Minister of the Interior, Ahmed Vahidi, the aircraft was part of a convoy of three helicopters, the other two having crossed the area without incident. Authorities are still waiting for further details, he told state television.

The Iranian president attended the inauguration of the Qiz-Qalaisi dam, a joint project with Azerbaijan. Ebrahim Raïssi, who is 63 years old, was elected president in 2021. He is considered a hardliner of the Iranian theocratic regime and a potential successor to the Supreme Leader of the Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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