Iran’s Presidential Helicopter Breaks Down, and Search Is Started

Iran's Presidential Helicopter Breaks Down, and Search Is Started

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi was being flown in a helicopter when it was engaged in “an accident” on Sunday due to bad weather, according to official media. A search is currently ongoing, but there is no update on Raisi’s condition. In the Jofa area of East Azerbaijan’s western province, “an accident happened to the helicopter carrying the president,” according to official media. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>

According to state media in the Islamic republic, rescue personnel were en route to the scene in order to locate him and other authorities. It was also stated that Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian might have been on board the plane.

In an on-screen news alert, state TV stated, “The severe weather and dense fog have made it difficult for the rescue teams to reach the accident site.”

The official IRNA news agency reports that the accident occurred in the Dizmar mountainous woodland area, close to the town of Varzaghan, as reported by daily trust.

Raisi, sixty-three, was in the province on Sunday, when he and his colleague from Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliev, officially opened a dam project on their shared border.

Three helicopters were in his convoy; the Tasnim news agency said the other two had “reached their destination safely.”

According to IRNA, Raisi was escorted in the same helicopter as the foreign minister and regional authorities.

Additionally, Raisi took over as president of the Islamic Republic in June 2021, replacing the centrist Hassan Rouhani, amid a turbulent and crisis-filled tenure for Iran.

He assumed leadership of a nation beset by a severe social crises and an economy straining from US sanctions imposed on Tehran due to its contentious nuclear program.

Mass protests in Iran were sparked by the September 2022 killing of Iranian-Kurd Mahsa Amini while he was in jail.

Regional enemies Saudi Arabia and Iran unexpectedly resumed diplomatic ties in March 2023.

After a series of tit-for-tat escalations, the war in Gaza, which started on October 7, sent regional tensions skyrocketing once more. In April 2024, Tehran launched hundreds of missiles and rockets straight into Israel from Iran. Born in 1960 in the holy city of Mashhad in northeastern Iran, Raiasi advanced quickly to high office.

After the 1979 Islamic revolution overthrew the US-backed monarchy, he was appointed prosecutor general of Karaj, which is close to Tehran, at the age of barely twenty.

He was Tehran’s prosecutor general from 1989 to 1994, the Judicial Authority’s deputy chief of prosecutions for ten years starting in 2004, and the country’s prosecutor general in 2014.

In the Shiite ecclesiastical system, he is ranked one level below the ayatollah and is known by the religious title “hojatoleslam,” which means “proof of Islam.” His black turban denotes his direct descent from the Prophet Mohammed.CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>

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