Helicopter carrying Iran’s president Ebrahim Raisi suffers a ‘hard landing’

A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi suffered a “hard landing” on Sunday, Iranian state media reported, without immediately elaborating.

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi (AFP/File)

State TV did not give any further details about the incident.

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The reports came when Raise was travelling in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province. State TV described the area of the incident happening as being near Jolfa, a city on the border with with the nation of Azerbaijan, some 600 kilometres (375 miles) northwest of the Iranian capital, Tehran.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian was also traveling with Raisi in the helicopter. One local government official used the word “crash” to describe the incident, but the official is yet to reach the scene of the incident yet.

It is not yet known if Raisi or any other passengers in the were hurt in the incident. Rescuers were attempting to reach the destination but were hampered because of poor weather conditions, state TV reported.

Heavy rains and fog were reported in the area with some wind, which might have led to the “hard landing”.

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