Iranian President helicopter crashed while visiting a northern province on Sunday, and his status is unknown, according to Iranian state news agency IRNA.

The helicopter, which also carried Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, crashed in East Azerbaijan Province, and emergency services have yet to reach it owing to cloudy conditions, according to IRNA. It is unclear what Raisi’s helicopter’s current situation is.

Mohammad Bagheri, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, stated that the Iranian armed forces have been in the crash area since early Sunday morning. Twenty rescue teams and drones were dispatched to the site where the helicopter crashed.

Raisi and Amir Abdollahian were among a group of dignitaries onboard the helicopter returning from a ceremony for an opening of a dam on Iran’s border with Azerbaijan when it “crashed upon landing in Varzaqan region on Sunday,” IRNA English reported.

As it landed in the Varzaqan region on Sunday, it crashed. They were returning from a ceremony for the launching of a dam on Iran’s border with Azerbaijan.

The weather was hazy, forcing one of the helicopters to make a rough landing, according to Iran’s interior minister, Ahmad Vahidi.
A convoy of three helicopters included the helicopter in question. It was ministers and officials in two of those helicopters that made it safely to their destination.

The article further covers:

  • About President Raisi
  • Raisi is seen before the helicopter tragic event
  • Statements from President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan

About President Raisi

Raisi, a former conservative judiciary leader, is Iran’s eighth president. The former prosecutor and judge was elected in 2021 after a historically unchallenged presidential race.

Born in 1960, he attended the Qom seminary and graduated with a Ph.D. in law from Shahid Motahari University. He began his career as a prosecutor in the early 1980s and climbed to become Tehran’s prosecutor general in 1994, Iran’s prosecutor general in 2014, and the country’s chief justice in 2019.

According to the Center for Human Rights in Iran, his two years as Iran’s chief justice saw increased suppression of opposition and human rights violations.

He defeated moderate former president Hassan Rouhani in June 2021, receiving 18 million of the about 29 million votes cast. A new, more conservative period that may bring about significant changes to the Islamic Republic’s domestic and international policies was predicted to begin with his inauguration.

Today a tragic incident happened as Iranian president helicopter crashed due to cloudy weather.

Raisi is seen before the helicopter tragic event

Ebrahim Raisi was flying in Iran’s far northwest after visiting Azerbaijan when his helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing.
Mr Raisi, the Iranian president, was on the border with Azerbaijan to launch a dam alongside the country’s president, Ilham Aliyev.
The dam is the third one built by the two countries on the Aras River.

The visit came despite chilly relations between the two nations. Mr. Raisi and Mr. Aliyev were photographed earlier today during their visit to the dam.

Iranian president helicopter crashed

Mr. Raisi and Mr. Aliyev were photographed earlier today during their visit to the dam: Reuters

Statements from President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan

The president of Azerbaijan met President Raisi earlier on Sunday and stated he said “hello” to the president of Iran.
“Azerbaijan is ready to offer any assistance needed as a neighbor, friend, and brotherly country,” Aliyev continued.