Iran’s presidential helicopter involved in ‘accident’

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A helicopter that pres. Ebrahim Raisi from Iran was involved in what is being described as an accident amid poor weather conditions on Sunday.

State media reports that a search is underway and that no news is yet known about Raisi’s (63) condition. The incident took place in the Jofa region of the western East Azerbaijan province.

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian may also have been on board the plane and search and rescue teams were dispatched to the area.

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”.

There are conflicting reports about what exactly happened, with some reports claiming that the helicopter carrying Raisi crashed while other media reports the helicopter made a hard emergency landing.

Raisi has been president of the Islamic Republic since June 2021.