Ebrahim Raisi

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi Confirmed Dead


According to the Associated Press:

Rescuers on Monday found a helicopter that was carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, the country’s foreign minister and other officials that had apparently crashed in the mountainous northwest reaches of Iran the day before, though “no sign of life” was detected, state media reported.

As the sun rose Monday, rescuers saw the helicopter from a distance of some 2 kilometers (1.25 miles), the head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society, Pir Hossein Kolivand, told state media. He did not elaborate and the officials had been missing at that point by over 12 hours.

Original Story:

A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi experienced a “hard landing” that some are calling a crash as speculation mounts about his condition.

Getting information out of Iran is challenging as one of the most secretive nations in the world. But some sources are reporting he’s “likely dead.”

Weather conditions are reportedly hampering the search for the downed helicopter.

The search and rescue operation is underway.

According to Fox News:

Iranian media, according to multiple reports, said rescue teams were dispatched to the site, though there have been multiple conflicting reports regarding the incident.

Raisi was traveling in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province near the city of Jolfa at the time of the incident. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and the governor of the East Azerbaijan province were traveling with the president, along with other officials.

This is a breaking story and will be updated when more information is available.