Tehran(IP) - Iran's Minister of Interior in an interview with state TV said that Red Crescent rescue teams have started a massive operation to find the helicopter from the very beginning of the accident report for the president's helicopter.

Iran PressIran news:  Interior Minister said: "A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi was involved in an accident while traveling in East Azerbaijan province."

Locals report that the helicopter's condition remains unknown due to the area's foggy atmosphere. But the approximate location is said to be near Varzaghan in East Azerbaijan. 

Ahmad Vahidi added that considering that it is difficult to establish communication in the area, we are waiting for the rescue teams to reach the desired point sooner and send more information.

16 rescue teams and drones have been dispatched to the area, but due to the areas that are hard to pass, its mountainous and forest zone, as well as unfavorable weather conditions, especially heavy fog, the search and rescue operation will take time.

Governor of East Azerbaijan Province, Malik Rahmati, Ayatollah Al-Hashem of East Azerbaijan, the Friday Prayer Leader of Tabriz, and Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the Foreign Minister of Iran, were aboard the helicopter carrying the president.

One of the president's aides reported over the phone after the accident that there were high expectations for the incident to conclude without any casualties.

Mehrabian and Bazarpash, the ministers of energy and road, who were in separate helicopters, have arrived safely at their destination.  

Mohammad Bagheri, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces also said: "All the facilities, equipment and capacities of the army, the IRGC and the police forces are used for the rescue and investigation of the Raisi's helicopter."

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Helicopter Carrying Iranian President Raisi Involved in Accident in East Azerbaijan