“Ayatollah Al-e Hashem was alive for an hour after the crash and that he made contact with the head of the president’s office” Said The head of Iran’s crisis management agency.



Tehran (ANN)-Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, a hardliner long seen as a potential successor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was killed in a helicopter crash in mountainous terrain near the Azerbaijan border, officials and state media said on Monday.

At about 05:00 (01:30 GMT), rescuers spotted the wreckage from a distance from about 2km (1.2 miles) and then took about an hour to reach it, according to the head of the Iranian Red Crescent, Pirhossein Kolivand.

Once at the crash site, which was at an altitude of around 2,200m (7,200ft), they found “no signs of life”, Mr Kolivand told state TV.
State TV also broadcast grainy footage of the crash site on a mountainside, as seen from across a valley. It appeared to show the blue-and-white tail of a helicopter next to a number of burnt shrubs.
Later, after the death of President Raisi and the others on board had been announced, state TV broadcast footage showing a correspondent standing in front of the tail and what appeared to be other parts of the wreckage.

State news agency Irna also posted video showing rescuers carrying a body wrapped in a blanket in a stretcher.

The bodies were recovered and transferred to a cemetery in Tabriz, state TV said.

The head of Iran’s crisis management agency, Mohammad Nami, told the semi-official Tasnim news agency that all of the bodies were identifiable, with “no need for DNA examinations”.

He also said Ayatollah Al-e Hashem was alive for an hour after the crash and that he made contact with the head of the president’s office before he died.

Please share with your friends the news and information provided by Araweelo News Network.

Published by  Araweelo News Network.

Follow us on Twitter@Araweelonews

Follow us and Like on Facebook@AraweeloNews

Follow us on /instagram@araweelonews

Follow us on TikTok / Tiktok.com/@araweelonews

Follow us on /araweelonews.tumblr.com


YouTube channel for more videos: https://www.youtube.com/c/AraweeloTv

@araweelonews /

Araweelo News Network.



By Arraale M Jama Freelance Journalist and Human Rights activist.