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The president of Iran died in a helicopter crash. Machine “completely burned”

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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and the country's foreign minister, Amirabdollahian Hossein, died in a helicopter crash, the head of the Iranian Red Crescent said on Monday morning. The information was confirmed by state media. Seven other people lost their lives along with them. Earlier, rescuers found the wreck of the machine. It is “completely burned,” one official told Reuters.

  • Early Monday morning, rescuers located the place where the helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi crashed. The disaster occurred on Sunday afternoon.
  • Iranian television reported after 5 a.m. that there was “no sign of life” at the site, and one of the Iranian officials said the plane was “completely burned.”
  • After 6 a.m., the head of the Iranian Red Crescent, Pir Hossein Kolivand, announced that all passengers and crew of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's helicopter died in the crash.
  • Iranian Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian Hossein was also on board the helicopter. According to Tasnim news agency, nine people were traveling in the plane.
  • The European Commission and several countries, including Russia, declared assistance in the rescue operation.

Early on Monday morning, rescuers located the place where the helicopter with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on board crashed on Sunday afternoon, reported the state agency IRNA and the semi-official ISNA agency, quoted by CNN.

Around 4:30 a.m. Polish time, Reuters reported that rescuers – working in difficult conditions – were heading towards the wreck. 15 minutes later, CNN, citing the semi-official Tasnim agency, reported that rescuers had reached him.

“President Raisi's survival after the helicopter crash is expected to be low,” an unnamed Iranian official told Reuters at the time. – The helicopter is completely burnt – an official quoted by the agency described the sight.

Several dozen minutes late, after 5 a.m. in Poland, Iranian television reported that there was “no trace of life” at the crash site.

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After 6 a.m., the head of the Iranian Red Crescent, Pir Hossein Kolivand, announced that all passengers and crew of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's helicopter died in the crash. This information was then publicly released by the Mehr news agency.

More than 70 rescue teams have been working in the area of ​​the accident – near the town of Tavil – since Sunday.

The drone located the heat source

On the night from Sunday to Monday, the Turkish news agency Anadolu published a recording on the X platform showing – as described – a “heat source” identified by the Turkish drone. It was reported that it may be the wreck of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's helicopter. The helicopter crashed on Sunday afternoon near the town of Djolfa. According to Anadolu Agency, the Turkish drone operator provided the coordinates of the site to Iranian authorities.

Rescuers come into contact with two people

The finding of the “heat source” was confirmed by the commander of the elite formation of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution, General Hossein Salami, and the head of the Iranian Red Crescent organization.

Iranian state television said at least one passenger and one crew member of the helicopter were in contact with rescuers.

Iran's semi-official Tasnim agency, quoted by CNN, reported that there were a total of nine people on board the helicopter. In addition to the president of Iran, it is Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, governor Azerbaijan East Malek Rahmati, Imam Mohammad Ali Alehashem, two pilots, a crew chief, a security chief and a bodyguard.


Russia sent rescuers. The EU also offered help

As reported on the night from Sunday to Monday, Russian media quoted by AFP: Russia sent a rescue team to support the search for the Iranian helicopter. It was reported that the Russian team was “heading towards Tabriz”, a large city in northwest Iran, and consisted of “47 specialists with appropriate equipment, off-road vehicles and a BO-105 helicopter.”

Other countries have also provided or offered assistance, including Türkiye, India, Armenia and Saudi Arabia. Janez Lenarčič, the EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, announced on Sunday on the X platform that in response to Iran's request for support European Commission launched a satellite mapping service under the Copernicus program to aid the search for the helicopter.

Copernicus is an EU Earth observation satellite program implemented by the European Commission in cooperation with, among others, with the European Space Agency.

Helicopter crash with the president of Iran

Initially, on Sunday afternoon, Iranian media reported that the helicopter with President Ebrahim Raisi on board had a “hard landing.” The machine was one of three that flew in the convoy. Raisi was returning from a visit to neighboring Azerbaijan at the time. The two remaining helicopters, which were carrying ministers and officials, reached their destination safely.

According to information provided so far by state television, the disaster occurred due to bad weather conditions. The accident took place in mountainous terrain.

Iranian media reported on Sunday evening that the rescue operation was hampered by weather conditions, including thick fog. At around 8 p.m., state television reported that the wreckage of the helicopter had been found, but the Iranian Red Crescent denied this information.

Who will replace the president?

Ali Khamenei, the supreme spiritual and political leader of Iran, assured that the disaster and its consequences will not affect the management of the country. – There will be no disruptions in Iran's state affairs – he emphasized.

Iran's constitution stipulates that if Iran's president dies while in office or becomes incapacitated, absent or ill for at least two months, his duties will be taken over by the first vice president. The first deputy president is 69-year-old Mohammad Mokhber.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi is a hard-line Islamic cleric and official associated with the Iranian justice system for most of his life. He has ultra-conservative political views. Many Iranians and defenders human rights accuses him of involvement in mass executions of political prisoners in the 1980s. He is seen as a potential successor to Iran's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei.

Main photo source: TVN24

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