The last call from the helicopter carrying the President of Iran crashed
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The last call from the helicopter carrying the President of Iran crashed

(Dan Tri) – After the helicopter carrying the President of Iran crashed, a passenger survived and tried to contact the authorities.

Scene of the helicopter crash (Photo: IRNA).

At a press conference on May 20, Mr. Mohammad Nami, head of Iran’s Emergency Management Agency, said that after the helicopter carrying President Ebrahim Raisi and a number of officials crashed on May 19, cleric Mohammad

He said Rabbi Hashem had managed to contact the presidential office by phone before his death.

`He was alive for about an hour after the helicopter crashed. He even called to inform the President’s Chief of Staff Gholam Hossein Esmail,` Mr. Nami said.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mahdi Safari also confirmed that cleric Mohammad-Ali Al-Hashem even contacted him by phone twice after the helicopter crashed.

However, when rescue forces reached the scene, all 9 people on the helicopter, including cleric Al-Hashem, were dead.

Iran found the remains of the helicopter carrying President Raisi (Video: Facebook).

The helicopter that crashed was one of three helicopters carrying Iranian officials back after attending the inauguration ceremony of a dam located on the border between Iran and Azerbaijan on May 19.

The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. on May 19 local time, in a remote mountainous area, about 58km south of the dam inauguration event.

However, it was not until after 4:00 p.m. on the same day that Iranian television reported that the helicopter carrying the President had to make an emergency landing while flying to Tabriz due to rain and fog.

Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi later confirmed that the helicopter carrying President Raisi’s delegation had a problem and rescue forces were being dispatched to the scene, but rain and fog hindered relief operations.

According to local media, after the helicopter carrying President Raisi lost contact, the two remaining helicopters in the group tried to search for about 15-20 minutes, but were later forced to make an emergency landing due to bad weather.

Vice President Mohsen Mansouri said that two people on the ill-fated helicopter managed to contact the ground, including the cleric and a member of the flight crew.

`This shows that the severity of the incident is not very high, because the two people inside the helicopter contacted our team many times,` he said, but did not provide further details.

However, hope of finding survivors faded as the search entered May 20.

When arriving at the scene at an altitude of about 2,200m, rescuers `did not detect any signs of life`.

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