Helicopter carrying Iran president makes rough landing, local media say

Iranian state media and other outlets report that a helicopter carrying President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian has made a rough landing in a northwestern part of the country.

The media broke the news on Sunday, saying poor weather is preventing rescuers from reaching the site in the province of East Azerbaijan.

But the outlets have not reported on the condition of the president and others on board the helicopter.

Raisi was returning from a ceremony to mark the completion of a dam.

The 63-year-old is an Islamic law scholar from the northeastern city of Mashhad.

He served as prosecutor general and chief justice in the country's judiciary, which plays a vital role in maintaining the Islamic establishment.

Raisi won the presidential election in June 2021.

He is known as a conservative hardliner and tipped to be one of the potential successors to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is 85.

Raisi intensified crackdowns on massive nationwide protests sparked by the death of a 22-year-old woman in police custody in 2022. Mahsa Amini had been arrested for allegedly wearing her headscarf improperly.

Raisi said at the time that his government could not allow people to disturb the peace of society through riots.

Raisi maintains a hardline diplomatic approach toward the United States and European countries.

He supports the Islamic group Hamas in the war in Gaza, adopting an increasingly hostile line against Israel and its backer, the United States.