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Iran's President and Foreign Minister killed in helicopter crash

Iran's President and Foreign Minister killed in helicopter crash Photo: Ebrahim Raisi, President of Iran (media)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi was killed in a helicopter crash on the border with Azerbaijan. The crash occurred on May 19, according to Mehr.

Along with the Iranian president, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, who accompanied Raisi on the trip, also died in the crash.

In addition to them, the helicopter was carrying the Governor of Iran's East Azerbaijan Province Malek Rahmati, a Representative of the Supreme Leader in East Azarbaijan, Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Ale-Hashem, and several other unnamed individuals. All of them were killed.

The death of Iranian President Raisi was confirmed by Vice President Mansouri. The Iranian government will hold an emergency meeting in connection with the death of the country's President and Foreign Minister, Iranian media report.

Plane crash with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi

On Saturday, May 19, the media began to report that a helicopter carrying the Iranian President had made a hard landing in the mountains.

The search operation for the helicopter lasted more than 10 hours. In particular, the media stated that one of the helicopter's passengers had allegedly been in contact. Later, Türkiye sent a drone to search for Raisi, which found the wreckage of the helicopter.