LIVE: Iran President Dies In Helicopter Crash, Vice President Takes Over

The helicopter, carrying President Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and other officials, lost contact approximately 30 minutes into the flight.

May 20, 2024 - 15:30
LIVE: Iran President Dies In Helicopter Crash, Vice President Takes Over

Iran President Ebrahim Raisi was killed in a helicopter crash in East Azerbaijan province on Sunday, Iranian media said. The chopper carrying Iran President Raisi and his foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian had disappeared over a mountainous region

There was "no sign" of life among passengers of the helicopter, Iran's state television said. "Upon finding the helicopter, there was no sign of the helicopter passengers being alive as of yet," the state TV said. 

This incident follows a period of heightened regional tensions, particularly in light of the Gaza conflict and Iran's recent escalations with Israel. President Raisi, who has been in office since 2021, has pledged Iran's steadfast support for Palestine, a stance reiterated during his recent dam inauguration speech.

Iran state media shared videos of the leader on board the chopper on Sunday. The video shows the Iranian leader looking out of an aircraft window as the camera pans to show several senior officials including Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian seated opposite him.

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