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Iran's President Raisi and foreign minister die in helicopter crash

Iran's President Raisi and foreign minister die in helicopter crash
20 May 2024 08:50


All nine people on board of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's helicopter which crashed in the country's north-west have died, the state news agency IRNA and state television have reported.

Raisi and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian are among the nine dead, according to state media.

On Monday morning IRNA published images taken by a drone showing debris from what appears to be a completely destroyed aircraft on a steep slope in the middle of the forest.

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Raisi and Amirabdollahian were travelling back from a meeting with the president of neighbouring Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, when their aircraft disappeared from radar on Sunday afternoon.

The helicopter crashed while returning from the Khoda Afarin region to Tabriz amid poor weather conditions, making it difficult to locate the crash site and hindered rescue operations.

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