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Helicopter crashed into a mountain: Iranian President Raisi died in a plane crash

Maryna LisnychukWorld
Ibrahim Raisi. Source: habilian.ir

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi was killed in a helicopter crash on May 19 in the mountains on the border with Azerbaijan. Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, who was accompanying the leader on the trip, also became a victim of the crash.

The information was reported by MEHR News Agency on the morning of May 20. Earlier, Iranian media published photos and videos from the crash site, where dozens of rescue teams were working.

It is noted that in addition to the President and Foreign Minister of Iran, the governor of the province of East Azerbaijan, Malek Rahmati, the representative of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution in the same province, Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Al-Khashem, and several other unnamed persons were on board. All of them were killed.

This was confirmed by Iran's Vice President Mohsen Mansouri, who said that the victims of the crash were the president and at least eight other people.

Helicopter crashed into a mountain: Iranian President Raisi died in a plane crash

According to Iranian news agencies, the convoy that accompanied the presidential Bell 212 on May 19 included three helicopters, two of which were also carrying ministers and officials, and they arrived safely at their destination. However, the helicopter carrying Raisi crashed in eastern Azerbaijan.

Helicopter crashed into a mountain: Iranian President Raisi died in a plane crash

On the morning of May 20, several photos and videos from the crash site were posted online. It was previously reported that the helicopter lost control due to electronics failure and thick fog, crashed into a mountain, collapsed, and burned 30 kilometers from the village of Tavil. More than 70 rescue teams were working at the scene. The search was complicated by mountainous terrain and thick fog.

Helicopter crashed into a mountain: Iranian President Raisi died in a plane crash

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