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Iranian president killed in helicopter crash: What we know so far

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Rescuers recovering bodies at the site of President Ebrahim Raisi’s helicopter crash. © Iranian Red Crescent.

Ebrahim Raisi’s aircraft hit the ground in a mountainous area during bad weather.

The Iranian government has confirmed that President Ebrahim Raisi and several other high-ranking officials were killed when their helicopter crashed in the northwest of the country on Sunday.

What happened

Reports began circulating on Sunday afternoon that Raisi’s US-made Bell 212 helicopter had made a “crash landing” in dense fog in a mountainous area near the city of Jolfa in the Iranian province of East Azerbaijan. The president was returning to Tehran from the border region after inaugurating a dam on the Aras River with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. Two other helicopters in Raisi’s convoy successfully made it to their destination.

The rescue effort

Low visibility, rain and the impassibility of the area seriously complicated the search operation. Some 40 rescue teams were deployed to look for the helicopter. The wreckage was discovered only on Monday morning with the help of Turkish surveillance drones. The Iranian Red Crescent Society said the aircraft was severely damaged and charred, and that there were no signs of survivors.

Shortly after that, state-run Iranian media outlets reported that Raisi, 63, and the other passengers had been killed. The president’s death was later confirmed by the government in Tehran. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has declared five days of mourning in the country for the victims of the crash.

Who was on board the helicopter

Besides Raisi, the crashed helicopter was also carrying Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, East Azerbaijan Governor Malek Rahmati, East Azerbaijan Imam Mohammad Ali Ale-Hashem, and the head of presidential guard Mehdi Mousavi.

What next for Iran

The Iranian government has said it will keep operating “without the slightest disruption” following the death of President Raisi. “The path of service will continue with the tireless spirit of Ayatollah Raisi,” it said in a statement. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has announced the appointment of First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber as acting president. Mokhber will be in the post for 50 days until an election is held.

How the world reacted

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his “deepest condolences” to Iran following Raisi’s death. He described the late Iranian president as “an outstanding politician” and “true friend” of Russia, who did a lot to strengthen ties between Moscow and Tehran to the level of strategic partnership.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad, and the leaders of Venezuela, Jordan and Egypt were among the first to convey their condolences to Tehran. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said he and his government were “deeply shocked” by what had happened to Raisi and others on board the helicopter.

Iran’s arch-rival Israel has reportedly denied any involvement in Raisi’s helicopter crash. “It wasn’t us,” an unnamed Israeli official told Reuters.

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  1. ” It was n’t us ”
    What a strange comment . It implies of course knowledge of ” who” then and of possible sabotage. It crossed the mind of many.
    A warning to all muslims leaders not to use US flying ( or otherwise) vehicules ( full of electronics). Strange that Raisi flew in a US made helicopter. I am sure Russia or China could and will provide beter and more trustworthy material.
    As for the capabilities of all electronics made in USA/ israhell and installed in all western vehicules, including aviation, read if you have time
    “The trigger” by David Icke. You won t be disappointed. And you don t need to believe everything he writes, but it is nevertheless well documented. I would say i am now a little less ignorant

  2. Every world ‘leader’ who has stopped the Covid vaccines in their nations, or who have joined BRICS and denounced the Zionist control that Israel has over the world of politics, banking and proxy wars seem to have ‘accidents’ …or attempts of assassination(s).
    The Russians need to build a passenger-carrying / corporate version based on the KA-52 helicopter, without ‘fly-by-wire’ systems and electronic parts that are known to be hijacked by the Israeli Mossad & IDF in real time, using vacuum tubes in the avionics systems. (vacuum tubes are not susceptible to EMP’s, stray signals, or hacking…).
    David Icke, Bill Cooper, Tony Hilder (see his 1993 video titled ‘Millennium 2000’), Texe Marrs, and Alex Jones have all warned the populations of what is happening, on all fronts and levels!

  3. This may be the trigger that inspires the Iranian people to rise up and remove the evil Mullah regime. That would be amazing.

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