Iran Releases First Probe Report on Raisi’s Helicopter Crash

Fri May 24 2024
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TEHRAN: The General Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces has released the first report on the causes of a recent helicopter crash that resulted in the deaths of President Ebrahim Raisi and his entourage, local media reported on Friday.

After the crash, a senior investigation committee composed of specialists, experts, and technicians arrived at the scene on Monday morning, the semi-official Tasnim news agency cited the report by the General Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces as saying.

The report said that the helicopter had remained on its predetermined course all along the way and had not diverged from the flight route. Almost one minute and a half before the crash, the pilot of the crashed helicopter had contacted the other two helicopters of the president’s convoy, the report added.

The report said that no trace of bullets or similar items have been detected on the debris of the crashed helicopter.  It stated that following crashing into the mountain, the helicopter had caught fire.

“Complications of the region, low temperature and fog” had caused the search and rescue operations to continue until nightfall and then throughout the night, the report added, saying, “At 5:00 a.m. local time on Monday, with the help of drones, the exact location of the incident was eventually identified.”

The reports maintained, “No suspicious issue had been noticed in the conversations between the flight crew and watchtower and the watchtower”. The report further said that more information would be provided following further probs.

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