President Raïssi not discovered for the reason that “accident” of his helicopter | EUROtoday

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L'one of many helicopters making up the convoy of three plane of Ebrahim Raïssi, president of the Islamic Republic since June 2021, had an “accident” this Sunday, May 19, signifies Iranian tv. According to the Tasnim company, the accident happened over Iranian Azerbaijan, a area positioned within the northwest of the nation. Intense searches continued Sunday night to seek out the gadget.

The search was made very troublesome by “unfavorable weather conditions,” Interior Minister Ahmed Vahidi stated on state tv, referring to a “hard landing” of the helicopter with out giving particulars. President Raïssi, 63, was on board within the firm of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the governor of the province and the primary imam of the area, in response to the Irna company.

The plane was a part of a convoy of three helicopters carrying the presidential delegation, two of which landed safely in Tabriz, the massive metropolis within the northwest, from the place Mr. Raïssi was to succeed in Tehran.

The European Union introduced on Sunday that it had activated its mapping system to assist Iran discover a helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi.

Thick fog within the search space

Still unsure a number of hours after the disappearance of the helicopter, developments within the state of affairs had been intently adopted internationally, notably within the United States, a rustic which doesn’t keep diplomatic relations with Iran. “We are closely following reports of a possible hard landing of a helicopter carrying the president and the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs,” stated a diplomatic spokesperson in Washington.

Iranian state tv early within the night broadcast pictures of devoted praying for the well being of the president in a number of mosques, together with that of the holy metropolis of Mashhad (north-east). It additionally confirmed pictures of a number of members of the Iranian Red Crescent strolling by way of thick fog within the search space earlier than dusk.

Raisi visited the province of Eastern Azerbaijan on Sunday, the place he notably inaugurated a dam within the firm of the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, on the border between the 2 international locations. State tv stated thick fog was making searches troublesome within the mountainous area.