“Technical failure” caused accident in which Iranian president died

“Technical failure” caused accident in which Iranian president died
“Technical failure” caused accident in which Iranian president died

He Helicopter accident in which Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi diedwas due to a “technical failure,” reported the state agency IRNAafter a commission to investigate the cause of the accident.

“Raisí died on Sunday in a helicopter accident due to a technical failure while traveling from the Khoda Afarin Dam to the Tabriz Oil Refinery,” he reported. IRNAalthough it did not offer more information regarding the causes of what happened in the mountainous area of ​​the Varzeqan region, in the province of East Azerbaijan.

The crashed helicopter was an American “Bell 212”twin-engine and with capacity for 15 people, acquired in 1970according to the newspaper Hamshahri. Iran has an old fleet of airplanes and helicopters, since has not had easy access to new models since the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979.

The Foreign Minister also died in the accident, Hosein Amir Abdolahianthe governor of East Azerbaijan, Malik Rahmatithe Friday prayer leader of the city of Tabriz, Mohammad-Ali Al-Hashemin addition to two pilots of the aircraft, a flight attendant, the head of presidential security and a guard.

At the same time, the chief of the General Staff of the Iranian Armed ForcesMajor General Mohamad Hosein Baqeri, confirmed the creation of “a high-ranking commission to investigate the causes of the accident”reported the Iranian agency Tasnlinked to the Revolutionary Guard.

The helicopter in which Raisí and his companions were traveling disappeared on Sunday when it was returning from Tabriz along with two other devices – which reached their destination without problems – and the official Iranian media then reported that had suffered a “forced landing”, without explaining the causes.

Rescue operations were affected by bad weather, rain and dense fog, and the remains of the ship were not found until today.


The United States expressed its “official condolences” on Monday for the “very unfortunate” accident that ended the lives of Raisí and Abdolahian, and said not having any information about the causes of the accident.

“As Iran selects a new president, we reaffirm our support for the Iranian people and their struggle for human rights and fundamental freedoms,” said the State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller.

After the announcement of Raisí’s death, the Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khameneiapproved that the first vice president, Mohamad Mojberbe named Acting President of the country, and declared five days of national mourning for the fatal accident.

According to the Iranian Constitution, it must hold presidential elections within 50 days.

Meanwhile, at a press conference, the Secretary of Defense Lloyd AustinI affirm that The US “had nothing to do with it” with that accident and, when asked if Israel could be involved, he stated that it will be the investigation being carried out by the Iranian authorities that will shed light on what happened.

“Regarding the death of the Iranian president in the very unfortunate helicopter accident, we continue to monitor the situation, but at this time We do not have details about the origin of the incident.“he emphasized.

The head of the Pentagon also ruled out changes in the deployment of its troops in the regiongiven the uncertainty generated by Raisí’s death, and stated that, for the moment, they do not foresee that there will be an impact on the security of the area.

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