"Technical Failure" Caused Helicopter Crash That Killed Iranʼs President, State News Agency Reports

May 19, 2024

Author: 

Farnaz Fassihi and Matthew Mpoke Bigg

Publication: 

New York Times

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian died in a helicopter crash resulting from a “technical failure,” according to Iranian state media. Raisi and Amir Abdollahian were traveling from the border of Azerbaijan when their helicopter crashed in the mountains near Jolfa. The first vice president, Mohammad Mokhber, assumed the role of acting president and will organize elections for a new president within 50 days.