Rescuers locate crash site of helicopter carrying Iranian President Raisi after hours of searching

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A helicopter carrying Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has been involved in an accident, state media reports.

After hours of searching, the crash site has been located, Iranian state news outlets have reported.

Hard line President of Iran Ebrahim Raisi. 

Rescuers say they found the helicopter but Raisi’s condition remains unclear.

Reports say the helicopter – one of three travelling in a convoy – made a “hard landing” after it got into difficulties in heavy fog in the north of the country.

Vice President

As the wreckage of the helicopter carrying Raisi is located, attention is turning towards Vice President Mohammad Mokhber, the person next in line in the presidency.

According to the Iranian constitution, in case of the president’s death or incapacity, the first vice president will take over and assume the functions of the president until an election is held within a maximum period of 50 days.

Unlike other countries, Iran’s first vice presidency is an appointed position – not an elected one. The vice president assumed some of the powers of the prime minister after the position was abolished in 1989.

Raisi appointed Mokhber as his first vice president in August 2021 shortly after taking office. He is the seventh person to serve in that role since the revision of the country’s constitution.

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