Tasnim news agency, associated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC),  announced deaths of Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi and foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian on Monday morning.

They were killed on Sunday afternoon after the helicopter they were traveling in suffered a hard landing due to inclement weather, and apparently went up in flames.

Intense search-and-rescue efforts, impeded by fog and rain, continued throughout the night to find the crash site in Iran's East Azerbaijan province, with diminishing hopes of finding signs of life. According to Iranian Red Crescent Society, all passengers of the flight died in the incident. Rescuers found "no signs" anybody survived the crash, the organization stated on national television.

Aside from the Iranian president and the foreign minister, the passengers list included governor of East Azerbaijan province, Malik Rahmeti, and Ayatollah of the Tabriz province, Ali Hashim.... Read More: i24