Mon. Jun 17th, 2024

‘No sign of life’ at Iran president’s helicopter crash site

Rescue teams are en route to the crash site of a helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and other high-ranking politicians.

‘No sign of life’ at Iran president’s helicopter crash site: Image: Azin Haghighi/Moj News/AP/picture alliance

What you need to know

  • Rescue teams found the site of the helicopter crash, state media report
  • ‘No sign of life’ detected at crash site, Iranian state TV reports
  • Iran’s Red Crescent chief calls situation ‘not good’

Iran state TV says ‘no sign of life’ at helicopter crash site

Iran state TV reported that there was “no sign of life” detected at the crash site of the helicopter carrying President Ebrahim Raisi and others.

“Upon finding the helicopter, there was no sign of the helicopter passengers being alive as of yet,” state TV reported.

The update came within minutes of rescuers having said they had located the site of the accident where President Ebrahim Raisi’s helicopter was believed to have gone down.

“President Raisi’s helicopter was completely burned in the crash … unfortunately, all passengers are feared dead,” an Iranian official told Reuters news agency. 

Raisi and other officials were returning from Iran’s northwestern province of East Azerbaijan on Sunday evening when the accident took place in the province. Details about the exact location of the site was contradictory as of Sunday.

Raisi was there to inaugurate a dam with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev earlier on Sunday.

Source: DW

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