Saudi Helicopter Carrying 8 High-Ranking Officials & Prince Bin-Muqrin Crashed Near Yemen Border - All Dead

Tyler Durden's picture

The shocking latest twist in what has been a chaotic weekend in Saudi Arabia is news that a helicopter transporting 8 high-ranking Saudi officials (including prince Mansour bin-Muqrin) has crashed in the south of the Kingdom, near the border with Yemen.

As PTI reports, a Saudi prince was killed today when a helicopter with several officials on board crashed near the kingdom's southern border with war-torn Yemen, state television said.

The news channel Al-Ekhbariya announced the death of Prince Mansour bin Muqrin, the deputy governor of Asir province and son of a former crown prince.


It did not reveal the cause of the crash or the fate of the other officials aboard the aircraft.

The crash also comes after Saudi Arabia yesterday intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile near Riyadh's international airport after it was fired from Yemen in an escalation of the kingdom's war against Iran-backed Huthi rebels.

Sky News Arabia confirms an earlier report from Al-Watan news..."Newsletter: loss of a helicopter carrying a number of officials in the southern Asir, Saudi Arabia"

Details are few for now but some headlines report that the high-ranking officials aboard included Crown Prince Mansour bin-Muqrin, deputy Emir of Asir province. He was a son of Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the ex-intelligence chief who briefly was Saudi Arabia's crown prince from January to April 2015.

The incident occurred as the officials were on their way back from an inspection trip to al-Saida al-Sawalha Center in the municipality of Mahail Asir...

A video, believed to be the last one of Prince Mansour alive, was released by the channel, showing him and accompanying officials boarding the helicopter ....

The crash site is reported near Abha, in the south of The Kingdom in the Asir Region, bordering Yemen. The area has seen a number of cross-border retaliatory attacks from Yemen in recent months, reportedly leading to casualties among Saudi troops.

There are sources saying all aboard have died...

The bodies of the deceased officials have been recovered, SaudiNews50 reported late Sunday, after posting a video of the recovery efforts...

So - Trump pushes Aramco IPO (out of the blue), Prime Minister of Lebanon forced to resign, Saudis intercept missiles, 11 Saudi princes arrested, numerous officials charged, and now a dead crown prince near the border with Yemen... Just what is going on in Saudi Arabia?


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Sparkey's picture

Hummm! Never thought of that Truther!

NoPension's picture

I'm getting word it was shot down, approaching the border. The occupants were fleeing the Kingdom.

SA forced the Lebanese prime minister to resign.

It appears there is a purge, and shift in power under way.

Follow the money.

Skateboarder's picture

I think commercial air travel will be just fine. This is a "Mercedes Benz" special.

That being said, I'm sorry you have to go there.

peddling-fiction's picture

Careful with the Tesla, extra crispy.

Billy the Poet's picture

The calm is over. The storm is here.

chunga's picture

I'd say the news will be chock full of bad things that aren't about Honest Hill'rey, but that would be cynical.

SWRichmond's picture

Chunga and Billy you are both spot on.  Stay frosty.  Everyone is letting it all hang out.  

Here's a piece of perspective that I think might be valuable to many readers.  One of the things I told my children is if you take your 90 year life cycle and overlay it on any line of History you will find many significant civilization level disruptions like world wars depressions major political upheavals and so on.  

You can weave all sorts of fancy theories and call things fourth turnings and stuff like that or you can just say that humans are humans and they always have been and they always will be.

The news cycle will be driven ruthlessly to keep your mind off of political corruption at all levels.  Rest assured they are willing to kill as many of us as necessary to stay in power.

Billy the Poet's picture

One of the things I told my children is if you take your 90 year life cycle and overlay it on any line of History you will find many significant civilization level disruptions like world wars depressions major political upheavals and so on.   You can weave all sorts of fancy theories


And when you do that take note that history itself is a tapestry of interwoven and sometimes competing conspiracy theories. Don't know if that's relevant but without such theorizing there would be no stories to tell.

SWRichmond's picture

Conspiracies, not just conspiracy theories.  The power- and wealth-seeking sociopaths who have to move history and seek "greatness" on top of the corpses of everyday people who just want to live, love, work, and make their own way...

These are the people we need to make war on.

Scornd's picture

we are shadows of our former glory and fallen far from all the things that make life worth it...especially passing on wealth to our kin that they can live off of.

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

What we do for little rectangles of coloured paper huh?

Nobody For President's picture

Well Dame Ednas, hope you get hazardous duty pay this time around...

Nobodys Home's picture

In the late 80's I bought a 77 Mercedes 280 SE from a Lebanese used car salesman. He said: "In my country we use these as car bombs."

peddling-fiction's picture

Heavy sheet metal shrapnel.

Not the best salesman.

Omen IV's picture

car weighed more than 5,000 pounds i think so metal everywhere - I had a 71' SEL cabriolet

Truther's picture

It ain't nothing compared to the 88 500SEL I used to own. Now that's a killer car. LOL

Bloody Fkn Muppet's picture

I've lived in Riyadh for five years and the ME for eight, I feel more bothered about crappy Pakistani drivers than what's going on now.

SixIsNinE's picture

so what's the skinny on scoring drinks over there? 


(you called in drunk the other day) :)


P-51 Stiletto's picture

I was in Sharm-El-Shiek, Egypt in '99-'00, and we drank in a bar/dive-shop owned by an ex-pat sud-afrikaner called the Camel Bar. I have no idea if it's still there.


Bloody Fkn Muppet's picture

Make your own, be friends with people who do so, pay $$$$$ to buy.

peippe's picture

whatever you do, DO NOT pile into a helo 

with 8 or 9 billionaire saudi princes. mkay?

take a camel instead.

DeathingerStar's picture

Claim an inflamed prostate. Guaranteed, no one will ask you questions. Have a sleep in in Moonee Ponds.

Snout the First's picture

I worked there several years. I know that feeling well.

dogismycopilot's picture


Money is strong in KSA these days....besides, how many people get to travel into The Kingdom?

You know you love this shit.


Luc X. Ifer's picture

Someone in that gang knew too much about 9/11.


peddling-fiction's picture

Broken promises.

A sucker is born (and killed) everyday.

Conscious Reviver's picture

The dead guy looks like he's the son of the recently deposed Crown Prince who was the CIA's darling. So this looks like another clean up on aisle 6 as in Seal Team 6.

Bunga Bunga's picture

Prince Mansour bin-Muqrin was also advisor to King Salman appointed by him. Was the helicopter shot down? Revenge? Civil war in Saudia Arabia?

yogibear's picture

Others end up in prison., what a coincidence. 

iamrefreshed's picture

Not a good week to be wearing an Italian tablecloth on your head.

Buck Johnson's picture

No shit, lololololololololol.


Buck Johnson's picture

I have to agree, big trouble.  These feels and sounds like a house cleaning big time.  Probably the helicopter had a bomb planted on it and/or someone (not Yemeni) had a shoulder fired manpad and was positioned where the party would be and fired and shot it down and being where they where they can blame the rebel Yemeni's for the attack.

I guess many of these Crown princess should have read Machivili the prince and other books.


nmewn's picture

Well, that escalated quickly. 

Nobodys Home's picture

They should have taken the elevator. 2nd floor. Ladies Lingerie.

sister tika's picture

"Saudi Helicopter Carrying 8 High-Ranking Officials & Prince Bin-Muqrin Crashed"

Prolly just a faulty bearing in the anti-torque tail rotor sub-assembly.

RafterManFMJ's picture

I read they just hovered in place 10 meters off the ground for an hour while some Hooties took shot after shot at them with an RPG. They were forbidden to shoot back, or nor were they allowed to change their rags.

P-51 Stiletto's picture

I heard these 8 guys called themselves "Saud SEAL Team-6". Really.

Kassandra's picture

"Prolly just a faulty bearing in the anti-torque tail rotor sub-assembly."

Yeah, it was full of sand...or somethin',

peddling-fiction's picture

Saudi Arabia is the route towards petrodollar demise.

It appears to be on schedule for the 2018 phoenix.

vealparm's picture

This was a lone-wolf attack by a guy named bin-alpaddock and his rifle was equipped with a bump stock so it became an automatic weapon.

peddling-fiction's picture

Bandar bin Alpaddock.

His brother gets it next.