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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi Confirmed Dead After Helicopter Crash

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has tragically lost his life in a helicopter crash. The incident occurred on Sunday, May 19, during a return trip from the border with Azerbaijan.

On May 19, 2024, a helicopter carrying President Raisi and his delegation crashed in the Varzaghan region of East Azerbaijan province. The helicopter reportedly experienced a “crash landing,” according to state media.


President Raisi and his delegation were returning from the border with Azerbaijan, where they had inaugurated a dam on the Aras river with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.


At least 40 rescue teams, including drones and search dogs, were deployed to locate the crash site. However, bad weather and heavy fog in the area hindered rescue efforts. After hours of searching, the rescue team located the helicopter on the slope of a hill in the Varzaghan region. Unfortunately, there was no sign of life, and it was confirmed that President Raisi did not survive the crash.


Intelligence authorities have ruled out foul play, attributing the crash to bad weather conditions. The exact cause of the crash is under investigation. Iranian state media reported that the helicopter’s location was identified based on signals received from the wreckage and a cellphone belonging to one of the crew members.


Large groups in Tehran gathered to pray for President Raisi following the tragic incident. The loss of President Raisi is a significant blow to Iran, and the nation mourns his passing.


President Ebrahim Raisi’s untimely demise has sent shockwaves through Iran’s political circles. World leaders from various countries have expressed their condolences following the tragic news. Messages of sympathy and solidarity have poured in, emphasizing the importance of maintaining stability in the region during this difficult time. President Raisi’s death has drawn attention not only within Iran but also globally, given his role in international affairs.

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