Iran’s Ahmadinejad survives ‘helicopter incident’ after emergency landing

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing during Sunday travel over Tehran.

Nobody was injured but the circumstances of the landing — made in a rocky, mountainous area to the north of Tehran — are still a mystery.

The president’s website put out this statement, as reported by The Associated Press: “The helicopter carrying Dr. Ahmadinejad and some executive officials accompanying him had an accident in the Alborz mountains. … The pilot managed to land the helicopter with complete skill. The president and his entourage are right now in perfect health.”

Mr. Ahmadinejad had been traveling to an event to mark the opening of a road tunnel, AP reported.

Iran’s state-run media described the event as a “helicopter incident,” but did not give details.

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