Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi

  • 20 May 2024

On 19th May, 2024, Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian were tragically killed in a helicopter crash near the Azerbaijan-Iranian border.

  • The crash, confirmed by Iran's state media, resulted in the deaths of all passengers onboard, marking a significant loss for Iran amid ongoing political and economic challenges.
  • The crash occurred as the helicopter, a US-made Bell 212, was navigating mountainous terrain in heavy fog.
  • The helicopter was carrying several officials, including the governor of Iran’s East Azerbaijan province and bodyguards.
  • Search and rescue operations involved the Iranian army and Revolutionary Guards, with assistance from a Turkish drone identifying the wreckage site.
  • Raisi's death comes at a critical time, with Iran under international scrutiny over its nuclear program and military actions.
  • Elections for a new president must be held within 50 days, with the vice president set to assume interim leadership upon confirmation from the supreme leader.