Tragic! Iranian President Raisi feared dead in helicopter crash near Azerbaijan border

Initial reports suggest no survivors from the crash, with speculations of President Raisi and his colleagues succumbing to the tragedy.

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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian are missing and feared dead after a helicopter crash near the Azerbaijan border. The incident occurred after their helicopter made a "hard landing," according to local media reports.

A massive search operation, involving Red Crescent rescue teams, military personnel, and police, is underway. However, heavy fog in the region is hindering rescue efforts, complicating the search for survivors.

Uncertainty surrounds fate of officials

Initial reports suggest no survivors from the crash, with speculations of President Raisi and his colleagues succumbing to the tragedy. However, there has been no official confirmation of their fate as yet.

Diplomatic visit preceded tragic incident

Prior to the crash, President Raisi and Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian had met with Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev on the border, following the inauguration of a significant dam project between the two nations.

Details of crash emerge

Reports indicate that three helicopters, including the one carrying President Raisi, were transporting government members and provincial officials. While two helicopters landed safely, the one carrying the President crashed under unknown circumstances.

Ahmad Alireza Beigi of the Red Crescent highlighted the challenges faced by rescue teams due to heavy rain and thick fog in the area. Despite ongoing efforts, the crash site remains elusive, delaying search and rescue operations.

With communication channels disrupted, concerns escalate regarding the well-being of those onboard the ill-fated helicopter. The lack of contact with officials adds to the anxiety surrounding the tragic incident.