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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi Helicopter Crash

Updated May 20, 2024 at 12:47PM EDT by Zach.

Added May 19, 2024 at 10:48PM EDT by Philipp.

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Overview

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi Helicopter Crash refers to a helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi crashing in the northeastern part of Iran on May 19th, 2024, killing all people on board. The accident was followed by a multi-hour search operation for the helicopter before the crash site was discovered. The event spawned viral discussions on social media as it spread online, as well as many memes often celebrating his death and conspiracy theories speculating about who could've been behind the incident.

Background

On May 19th, 2024, at approximately 1:30 p.m. local time, a helicopter carrying Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minster Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, two other government officials and three crew members, crashed in a mountainous area of the East Azerbaijan region of Iran.[1] Following the crash, initially reported as a hard landing, a search-and-rescue operation was launched. Initial reposts[2] indicated that Raisi survived the landing, but were soon refuted.


Jackson Hinkle @jacksonhinklle BREAKING: A helicopter carrying Iranian President Raisi suffered a premature "hard landing" in Iran's East Azerbaijan province. First reports indicate that the Iranian president has survived. 9:36 AM - May 19, 2024 1.5M Views

Ten hours after the incident, a Turkish drone aiding the search operation identified a heat source in the area of the crash, with the official government agency confirming the discovery one hour later.

Rescuers who arrived at the crash site found no survivors, with the Iranian officials later confirming the death of Ebrahim Raisi and other passengers on board. Several videos of rescue teams carrying bodies from the crash site were circulated on social media in late May 2024 (example seen below).[3]


Developments

Assassination Theories

While the incident was reported to have taken place in a mountainous region in poor weather conditions, which was deemed the most probable contributing factor to the crash, drone footage of a person in the vicinity of the crash site was circulated on social media, with some users alleging human involvement.[4]


Reactions

The crash became a viral subject of discussions on social media as users shared reports of the crash, videos of people reacting to it, and joked about the incident. With Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi seen as a divisive figure by many, users both expressed condolences and celebrated over his death.

A video of Iranian migrants celebrating in London following the confirmation of Raisi's death was widely circulated on social media (shown below).[5]


Several videos of fireworks being set off in Tehran following the news were also circulated on social media around May 19th.[6][7]

The initial report of the helicopter crash and later the news of Raisi's death inspired various jokes. For example, on May 19th, 2024, the satirical X account @TheMossadIl posted a meme that received over 4,500 reposts and 33,000 likes on X[8] in one day (shown below, left).

On May 20th, X[9] user @greg16676935420 posted a meme referencing the 2023 OceanGate Titanic Submarine Incident that received over 100 reposts and 760 likes in one day (shown below, right).


The Mossad: Satirical, Yet Awesome @TheMossadIL Raisi: are you sure this helicopter is safe? Pilot Eli Kopter: absolutely. וונץח 11:45 AM • May 19, 2024 1.6M Views greg @greg16676935420 I will never step foot into a helicopter or a submarine. Not because they're dangerous, but because I can't afford to BELL 360 NICTUS 9:22 AM - May 20, 2024 28.9K Views OceanGate TITAN

Various Examples


4 GUYS 1 HELICOPTER imgflip.com Wall Street Silver @WallStreetSilv The last tweet Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi made before his helicopter trip. لدي معلومات حول سلامة طائرات بوينغ وأود أن أشارككم إياها سید ابراهیم رئیسی @raisi_com Translated from Arabic by Google I have information about Boeing aircraft safety that I would like to share with you Was this translation accurate? Give us feedback so we can improve: B 11:26 PM - May 18, 2024 2.4M Views . 9:34 PM • May 19, 2024 734.1K Views ... Xavi Ruiz @xruiztru After helping Iran to find out President Raisi's helicopter crash site, Turkish drone Bayraktar Akıncı draw the Turkish national symbol on the map c Bulank Ağrı C Stop Zakho راخو Van Diyadin Doğubayaz Miradve Caldran Hakkari A nuwa Artashat 4:06 AM May 20, 2024 107.7K Views Salmas سلماس hoy خوي Yeghegnadzor Nagorno-Khoavand Karabakh Nakhchivan WEST AZARBAIJAN آذربا Hadisha Azarshahr Sahand bri Maragheb EAST AZARBAIJAN آذربایجان شرقی Nazarkahus نظر گهریدی Metration مهربان Hashtrud

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Nox Lucis
Nox Lucis

That is exactly the sort of thing that lives in the hazy wilderness between "clear accident" and "obvious assassination". Far from the first deadly helicopter accident carrying someone important, also not nearly the first political killing involving use of a helicopter. Right on the heals of launching missiles as Israel too.

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