Iran’s president dies in helicopter crash


Iranian media reported on Monday that the country’s president, Ebrahim Raisi, died after his helicopter crashed in a mountainous region of the country.

According to Iranian media, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian was also killed in the crash.

Search and rescue teams reached the crash scene early Monday and reportedly found no survivors. Iranian media shared footage and photos of the crash scene.

The incident took place in the Jofa region of the western East Azerbaijan province. The accident happened in the mountainous forest area of ​​Dizmar near the town of Varzaghan, according to the official IRNA news agency.

Raisi’s convoy included three helicopters. According to the Tasnim news agency, the two other helicopters “reached their destination safely”.

According to Iran’s constitution, adj. pres. Mohmmad Mokhber to take over the presidential duties if Raisi’s death is officially confirmed.

Presidential elections will then be organized within 50 days, according to the constitution.