Iran: President Raisi’s Crashed Helicopter Found

President Raisi’s helicopter was returning from a ceremony marking the inauguration of a dam on Iran’s border with the Azerbaijan Republic.

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Head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) Pirhossein Kolivand said that the location of the crashed helicopter carrying President Raeisi was spotted.

Tehran, IRNA – The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has confirmed the discovery of the wreckage of President Ebrahim Raisi’s helicopter, which crashed on Sunday. Pir-Hossein Kolivand, the president of IRCS, announced Monday morning that rescue and search teams have reached the crash site.

Kolivand provided limited details but noted that “the condition is not good.” He highlighted the extensive efforts of 73 rescue teams equipped with advanced and specialized gear currently operating in Tawal village, where the crash occurred.

The Red Crescent’s National Emergency Management Headquarters earlier reported that its teams were directed to two identified hot spots, thanks to data from a Turkish drone. The high-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle, Akinji, detected a heat source believed to be from the wreckage.

A commander from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps confirmed the identification of the heat source, corroborating the location of the helicopter wreckage. Field sources have determined the precise coordinates of the crash site through aerial monitoring.

Despite challenging weather conditions, including fog and rain, rescue teams worked tirelessly to locate the missing helicopter in the northwestern region of the country. The operation saw participation from armed forces and rescue teams, who combed through the rocky and hilly terrain near the city of Varzaqan in East Azarbaijan province.

In addition to local efforts, IRCS dispatched 46 rapid response and rescue teams from several provinces, including East Azarbaijan, Tehran, Alborz, Ardabil, Zanjan, and West Azarbaijan.

President Raisi’s helicopter was returning from a ceremony marking the inauguration of a dam on Iran’s border with the Azerbaijan Republic. Onboard with him were Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and several others when the helicopter crashed upon landing in the Varzaqan region.

Further updates on the situation and the condition of those involved are expected as the rescue operation progresses.

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