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Helicopter Carrying Iranian President Crashes. President Missing

The helicopter carrying the convoy of Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi has crashed. This claim is being made in media reports. 

According to the reports, the helicopter carrying the convoy of the Iranian President has crashed in Azerbaijan province of Iran. 

The reason for the helicopter crash (hard landing) is not yet known. At present, relief and rescue work is being done at the incident site. Not much information has been received regarding the incident. 

According to the media reports, along with Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian is also aboard a helicopter of the convoy. 

According to Iranian media, there were three helicopters in the convoy of the Iranian President and two of these helicopters have landed safely at their destination. 

According to reports, the pilot lost control of the helicopter, due to which the accident occurred. 16 teams have been deployed for rescue work. 

However, due to fog and hilly terrain, rescue operations are facing problems. Even after several hours of the incident, the helicopter has still not been located. 

There is no information about anyone's death or injury in the accident. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi (63 years old) was going to East Azerbaijan. Meanwhile, the accident occurred near Azerbaijan's border city of Jolfa, which is 600 kilometers away from Iran's capital Tehran. 

He was scheduled to inaugurate a dam with Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev early Sunday. This is the third dam that both the countries have built on the Aras River. 

The governor of East Azerbaijan province was also included in the presidential convoy.

Ibrahim Raisi is a hardliner who formerly headed the country's judiciary. He is seen as close to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and some analysts say he could replace the 85-year-old leader if he dies or resigns.