Helicopter Believed To Be Carrying Top Iranian Leaders Crashes: State Media
JABRAYAIL, AZERBAIJAN - MAY 19: (EDITOR’S NOTE: This Handout image was provided by a third-party organization and may not adhere to Getty Images’ editorial policy.) In this handout image supplied by the Office of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi Meets with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev as they inaugurate the Qiz Qalasi Dam, constructed on the Aras River on the joint borders between Iran and Azerbaijan, after which his helicopter has reportedly crashed near the city of Jolfa, on the border with Azerbaijan on May 19, 2024 in Jabrayil, Azerbaijan.
Office of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran via Getty Images

A helicopter believed to be carrying top Iranian leaders reportedly crashed in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province on Sunday, according to Iranian state media.

The New York Times reported that the helicopter was believed to be carrying President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian.

The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) said that more than a dozen rescue teams were searching for the helicopter but have yet to locate it due to extremely thick fog.

“Given the complexities of the region, connection has been difficult, and we are hoping that the rescue teams reach the helicopter and can give us more information,” Ahmad Vahidi, Iran’s interior minister, told state television.

State media aired footage that it claimed was from rescue teams en route to the area to try to locate the helicopter.

According to Iranian law, if the president of the country dies, his power is transferred to the first vice president, and an election must take place within the next six months.


Iranian state media aired footage of First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber traveling to Tabriz to oversee search and rescue efforts.

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