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CRASH REPORTED FOR HELICOPTER CARRYING PRESIDENT RAISI IN IRAN’S NORTHWEST 

19/05/2024 10:32 PM

TEHRAN, May 19 (Bernama-IRNA) -- A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and senior officials in northwestern Iran has suffered a crash with no information available yet on potential injuries or damage, according to Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

President Raisi was returning from a ceremony to open a dam on Iran’s border with Azerbaijan when his helicopter crashed upon landing in Varzaqan region on Sunday.

Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, Governor of East Azarbaijan Province Malek Rahmati, Tabriz Friday prayer leader Hojjatoleslam Al Hashem and a number of others were also on board the helicopter, it reported.

IRNA correspondent says rescue and relief teams have been dispatched to the area and search operations continue. 

Foggy weather and the impassability of the area has made the search operations difficult.

This story is developing.

-- BERNAMA-IRNA

 

 


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