Helicopter carrying Iran’s president suffers a ‘hard landing,’ state TV says, rescue is underway

    The Hawk
    May19/ 2024
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    Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's convoy faced a significant incident as one of the three helicopters transporting him was involved in an accident, according to reports from Iranian state TV.

    Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi

    Dubai (UAE): A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi suffered a “hard landing” on Sunday, Iranian state media reported, without elaborating. Some began urging the public to pray for Raisi and the others on board as rescue crews sped through a misty, rural forest where his helicopter was believed to be.

    Raisi was traveling in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province. State TV said the incident happened near Jolfa, a city on the border with with the nation of Azerbaijan, some 600 kilometers (375 miles) northwest of the Iranian capital, Tehran. Later, the TV put it farther east near the village of Uzi, but details remained contradictory.

    Traveling with Raisi were Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, the governor of Iran’s East Azerbaijan province and other officials and bodyguards, the state-run IRNA news agency reported. One local government official used the word “crash” to describe the incident, but he acknowledged to an Iranian newspaper that he had yet to reach the site himself.

    Neither IRNA nor state TV offered any information on Raisi’s condition. However, hard-liners urged the public to pray for him.