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Rescue crews have arrived at the wreckage of the helicopter of Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi. There are no signs of life at the site, reports a state TV channel. Photo: AP / NTB

Of NTB | 20.05.2024 05:09:30

Economy and business: The head of Iran’s Red Crescent, Pir Hossein Kolivand, said a little earlier that the situation looked bad when rescuers had come so close that they could see the helicopter from around two kilometers away.

The president and foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian are feared dead after their helicopter crashed in the northwest of the country on Sunday afternoon.

An official told Reuters on Monday morning that the wreckage is completely burnt out, and that there is little chance that Raisi is alive after the helicopter crashed.

Throughout the evening and night, an extensive search operation took place in difficult weather conditions and with poor visibility. The accident site is in an inaccessible area near the border with the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan.

The helicopter wreck is said to have been found by a Turkish drone that was deployed in the search for the helicopter with the president, the foreign minister and part of their entourage.

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