Turkish drone locates possible crash site of helicopter carrying Iran’s Raisi

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A Turkish drone early Monday identified a source of heat suspected to be the wreckage of the helicopter that was transporting Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi and other officials, and had shared the coordinates of the possible crash site with Iranian authorities, Anadolu news agency said on X.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said he was “profoundly saddened” at news of the accident, and offered “all necessary support” to the search.


“We are following the incident closely, are in contact and in coordination with the Iranian authorities, and we are ready to provide all necessary support,” Erdogan posted on X, formerly Twitter.

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Iranian search and rescue teams were scouring a fog-shrouded mountainside, as Iranian state media said “an accident happened to the helicopter” transporting Raisi, a 63-year-old ultraconservative.

A Turkish foreign ministry spokesman told AFP that Iran had requested technical support for its search.

“We are in the process of discussing the aid that could be sent over the fastest,” he added. Tehran had also asked for technical support, said the spokesman.

The government’s emergency aid agency AFAD said Turkey had provided a helicopter equipped for night searches.

In a post on X, the agency said Turkey had sent 32 mountain rescue specialists to help Iran in the search.

The team and 32 vehicles have been deployed from centres in eastern Turkey said the agency.

Azerbaijan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the European Union have also offered their help to Iran.

Erdogan welcomed Raisi during a state visit to Ankara in January.

With agencies

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