Iran Ebrahim Raisi: No foul play in helicopter crash, report says

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Screenshot, Fog and low temperatures made the work of rescue teams difficult

A preliminary report into the helicopter crash that killed Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Sunday found no evidence of criminal activity, state media says.

The plane “caught fire after impacting an elevated area” and no traces of “bullet holes” have been detected in the wreckage, according to the army report.

The helicopter was flying along a “pre-planned route and did not deviate from the designated flight path,” he says.

The military committee investigating the accident added that more details will be known as the investigation progresses.

President Ebrahim Raisi was buried in his hometown of Mashhad on Thursday, four days after his helicopter crashed while returning from the inauguration of a dam on the border with Azerbaijan.

The plane, a decades-old Bell 212 made in the United States, crashed into a mountainside while flying toward the northwestern city of Tabriz in heavy rain.

“Nothing suspicious has been observed in the control tower’s conversations with the flight crew,” the preliminary report states.

He added: “No signs of gunfire or similar were observed on the remains.”

The aircraft was found on Monday by drones, but the “complexity of the area, fog and low temperatures” made the work of rescue teams difficult, according to the report.

A military broadcast statement Thursday said the final communication from the president’s helicopter was recorded about 90 seconds before the crash.

The 63-year-old president was traveling with Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian, three other officials and the three crew members of the helicopter. There were no survivors.

Tehran has announced five days of mourning. Tens of thousands of people have participated in the funeral processions.

Raisi, a hardline cleric, was seen as a potential successor to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Interim President Mohammad Mokhber will serve until elections are held on June 28.

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