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Iran Releases Preliminary Report on Helicopter Crash that Killed President, Reveals No Traces of Bullets or Bombs Found

Iran has released a preliminary report by the country’s special investigative committee tasked with the tragic helicopter crash that killed Iranian President Sayyed Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and other high ranking officials on May 19, 2024.

“A significant part of the information in various specialized, technical and general fields that could have been related to the accident has been collected,” the report said, according to Iranian Media. 

It further revealed that the presidential helicopter continued on its pre-planned route after leaving the East Azerbaijan province in the northwest and did not deviate from the designated path, contrary to popular beliefs. A minute and a half preceding the crash, the pilot contacted the other two helicopters in the president’s convoy. 

Traces of bullets or shell casings were absent in the wreckage of the crashed helicopter, according to the probe. 

“Due to the complexity of the area, fog, and low temperature, the reconnaissance operation was extended into the night, and on Monday morning (at 5 am), with the help of Iranian drones, the exact location of the accident was found. It [the atmosphere] was clear, and the ground forces of reconnaissance operations [and rescue teams] were present at that point [and headed to site],” the report stated. 

However, the report stated that more time is required for further investigations to draw concrete conclusions.

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