Iran: President Raisi and Foreign Minister dead – Helicopter wreckage found

Seven other people were on board the helicopter

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The death of Iran's president, Ebrahim Raishi, and the country's foreign minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian, was announced by the country's state television shortly after the wreckage of the helicopter they were on was found, which crashed on Sunday afternoon.

"The Ayatollah was martyred," Tasnim news agency wrote in a post.


The news was also broadcast by the Iranian agency Mehr


In addition to Iran's president and the country's foreign minister, there were seven other people on board the helicopter who are also presumed dead. They are the Governor of East Azerbaijan Province Malek Rahmati, Tabriz Friday Prayer Imam Mohammad Ali Alehashem as well as a pilot, co-pilot, crew chief, security chief and another bodyguard.

The debris

The Bell 212 helicopter carrying Raisi and the other 8 people was found damaged and burned shortly before 6 a.m. today, Monday.

Drone footage of the wreckage was taken by the Red Crescent and aired on Iranian state media. The FARS news agency showed the crash site on a steep, wooded hillside, with little left of the helicopter beyond a blue-and-white tail.


An official told Reuters news agency that "unfortunately" it appeared that all on board were dead, adding that the helicopter was completely charred.

Earlier, a Turkish drone had detected a source of heat, estimating it to be the wreckage of the helicopter carrying Ebrahim Raisi" and "the coordinates were shared with the Iranian authorities", with Anadolu also uploading thermal camera video.