The helicopter carrying the Iranian Sports Minister’s entourage crashed, 1 was killed. Photo/Al Arabiya
TEHERAN – A helicopter who brought the sports minister Iran , Hamid Sajjadi, and 11 others crashed in south-central Iran on Thursday. At least one person died and Sajjadi suffered a brain hemorrhage, state media reported.
“Esmail Ahmadi, adviser to the minister of sports, died in the accident,” state media reported as quoted by Al Arabiya, Friday (24/2/2023).
Iranian state media added that Sajjadi was transferred to a hospital for treatment.
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Citing an eyewitness, Iran’s official news agency IRNA reported that the helicopter crashed while preparing to land at the Baft sports complex, a small town in Kerman province.
“The cause of the accident is under investigation,” IRNA reported quoting the governor of Kerman, Mohammad-Mehdi Fadakar.
According to RT, photos and videos released by local media showed a helicopter appearing to have turned upside down, with no sign of fire or smoke.
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Another image shows a sizeable crowd not far from the wreckage, as well as emergency services vehicles parked nearby.
In January, the European Union imposed sanctions on Sajjadi over Tehran’s crackdown on anti-regime protests following the death of Iranian-Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in police custody in September.
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