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Rescue efforts underway to find missing helicopter of Iran president

Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi‘s life is at risk after his helicopter crashed in a “very concerning” accident amid heavy fog in northern Iran.

The aircraft had a “rough landing” near Jolfa, the Iranian city on the border of Azerbaijani exclave Nakhchivan, around 600 kilometers (375 miles) northwest of the Iranian capital Tehran.

It was carrying Raisi, 63, and Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian following a visit with the Azerbaijani president to discuss an infrastructure project over the Aras River, which separates Iran and Nakhchivan.

An Iranian official acknowleged their lives were “at risk” and said information coming from the crash site was “very concerning” with 16 teams trying to locate the helicopter.

State media has yet to report on casualties or confirm the whereabouts or condition of the president – but urged Iranians to pray for the president.

“Given the complexities of the region, connection has been difficult, and we are hoping that the rescue teams reach the helicopter and can give us more information,” Ahmad Vahidi, Iran’s interior minister, told state TV.

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Iranian president’s life ‘at risk’ following helicopter crash

Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi‘s life is at risk after his helicopter crashed in a “very concerning” accident amid heavy fog in northern Iran.

The aircraft had a “rough landing” near Jolfa, the Iranian city on the border of Azerbaijan exclave Nakhchivan, around 600 kilometers (375 miles) northwest of the Iranian capital Tehran.

It was carrying Raisi, 63, and Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian following a visit with the Azerbaijani president to discuss an infrastructure project over the Aras River.

An Iranian official acknowleged their lives were “at risk” and said information coming from the crash site was “very concerning” with 16 teams trying to locate the helicopter.

Alexander Butler19 May 2024 16:26

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Watch: Rescue efforts ongoing amid heavy fog in northern Iran

Ebrahim Raisi’s life ‘at risk’ after helicopter accident amid heavy fog

Alexander Butler19 May 2024 17:40

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Iraq offers help in search and rescue operation

Iraq has offered to help Iran in its search and rescue operation, its government has said.

Iraq’s interior ministry, the Red Crescent and other relevant bodies have been instructed to offer their services, it added in a statement.

Rescue teams have been sent to the area of the helicopter crash, but their efforts have been hampered by thick fog and heavy rain.

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi and its foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian have not yet been found.

Alexander Butler19 May 2024 17:20

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Pictured: Rescue teams search northern Iran in foggy conditions

A search operation including drones, dogs, the army, ambulances and surgeons have been deployed to the crash site in a mountainous area of northern Iran.

Iran’s health minister said: “We have deployed all the medical facilities, ambulance, surgeons, and everyone in the area and we hope to start treatment immediately after the president and his companions are found.

“Unfortunately, due to the harsh weather conditions and very foggy conditions, it is difficult to search.” This is a picture taken from Iranian state TV which show the extent of the weather conditions.

Rescue teams search for the crash site in northern Iran amid foggy weather (Iran Press)

Alexander Butler19 May 2024 17:09

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Ambulances and surgeons deployed to crash site, Iranian health minister says

Ambulances and surgeons have been deployed to the crash site but it is difficult to reach because of foggy weather, Iran’s health minister said.

Bahram Eynollahi said: “We have deployed all the medical facilities, ambulance, surgeons, and everyone in the area and we hope to start treatment immediately after the president and his companions are found.

“Unfortunately, due to the harsh weather conditions and very foggy conditions, it is difficult to search.”

Alexander Butler19 May 2024 16:51

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Drones and search dogs looking for helicopter

More than 20 rescue teams including search dogs and drones have been deployed to find the helicopter crash site, according to Iranian state media.

The Iran Press news agency reported the president’s helicopter crashed between Uzi and Pir Dawood villages in Varzeghan.

Groups of rangers and special forces of the armed forces are also present in the area to help in the search operation being carried out amid heavy fog.

Alexander Butler19 May 2024 16:38

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US is closely following reports, official says

The United States is following reports that a helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has crashed in a “very concerning” accident.

“We are closely following reports of a possible hard landing of a helicopter in Iran carrying the Iranian president and foreign minister. We have no further comment at this time,” A US state department spokesperson told The Independent.

John Bowden19 May 2024 16:20

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Helicopter crash is ‘very concerning’, Iranian official says

An Iranian official has said Tehran is “still hopeful” but information coming from the crash site is “very concerning” after a helicopter carrying president President Ebrahim Raisi crashed amid heavy fog.

The aircraft had a “rough landing” near Jolfa, the Iranian city on the border of Azerbaijan exclave Nakhchivan, around 600 kilometers (375 miles) northwest of the Iranian capital Tehran.

It was carrying Raisi, 63, and Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian following a visit with the Azerbaijani president to discuss an infrastructure project over the Aras River.

Alexander Butler19 May 2024 16:10

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Why was President Ebrahim Raisi flying back from northern Iran?

Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian were visiting a site along the Aras River to discuss the ongoing construction of a bridge linking Azerbaijan to its exclave of Nakhchivan, which borders Iran.

The route, described as the Aras corridor, would link Azerbaijan to the exclave through through a 220m long road bridge intended to boost trade.

This project dates back to September 2022, and was designed to facilitate the passing of 1,100 vehicles through the border checkpoint every day.

Alexander Butler19 May 2024 16:02

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Where was the crash?

The aircraft had a “rough landing” near Jolfa, the Iranian city on the border of Azerbaijan exclave Nakhchivan, around 600 kilometers (375 miles) northwest of the Iranian capital Tehran.

It was carrying Raisi, 63, and Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian following a visit with the Azerbaijani president to discuss an infrastructure project over the Aras River.

It was described as a crash by a local official, but he acknowledged an enormous search operation involving 16 teams had yet to locate the helicopter to confirm the extent of the incident.

State media has yet to report on casualties or confirm the whereabouts or condition of the president – but urged Iranians to pray for the president.

Alexander Butler19 May 2024 15:49

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