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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HRClinton's picture

Guy Fawks was set up by the Crown's security people.

He was arrested just before he could set off the explosives.  Shoulda had a Plan B: 1. Don't let them take you alive. 2. Use a Dead Man Switch.

The best way to control the opposition, is to either create it, or feed it BS and let a FF develop.  Poor goy Guy.

shovelhead's picture

These guys didn't rate an arrest?

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Too dangerous...knew too much to take a chance with them.

Korprit_Phlunkie's picture

Send in the FBI, they'll get to the bottom of it.

vealparm's picture

Jeff Sessions will aggressively prosecute any wrong doers.

Yippie21's picture

Recused already!  Incredible!  Chuck Shumer said he has a picutre of Sessions standing next to a framed picture of a Saudi Helocopter from a year ago at a Air Show and the Russian Ambassador is to the left, eating a large Lockheed Martin footlong chilidog and texting (Putin we assume!! ) .!  Eleventy! 

briancolarusso's picture

Did anyone on board know the Clintons?? Just say'n

krispkritter's picture

If they crashed twice, definitely.

german Wunderkind's picture

Thats not the crown prince, its the son of a former crown prince.

Yippie21's picture

So many tablecloths... I can't tell 'em apart!  I'm obviously.......  raccccisssst

P-51 Stiletto's picture

I saw that picture and immediately was craving Linguine w/ Clam(up) Sauce.


roadhazard's picture

So much easier than an anti aircraft gun firing squad.

sheikurbootie's picture

Most aircraft accidents are pilot error 85%

Helicopters autorotate very easily and land perfectly without power.  Catastrophic crashes are highly unlikely.  KSA uses many American contractors to service and maintain their aircraft.  The average KSA soldier is shitty at everything.  NCO's are good, Officers are puppets.

Suicide pilot?

Hit job?

krispkritter's picture

Just saw a video of a helicopter crashing because a parachute from a jump exercise got tangled in the rotors.  What are the odds that all those towels they're wearing did the same thing?  "Mansour, close dee door!" (I keed, I keed)

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Helicopters are notoriously unstable. Major problems arise out of nowhere with the transmissions, blades, and turbines. As a crew member, I used to fly on them. I also wrote maintenance manuals for them. They are great when properly maintained, but I wouldn't bet my life on it! 

Déjà view's picture

"Tranmissions"...automatics can be very confusing...e.g. R...should have opted for a "manual"...

vswamy's picture

They are consolidating power by assassinations and arrests.



SpanishGoop's picture

Sand not soft enough to crash on ?

Sand in the petrol tank ?

Sand gets everywhere.



buzzsaw99's picture

if half the sauds kill the other half that would be tragic.

buzzsaw99's picture

There is a lot of dirty money to be had (to spend as you wish) in the KSA, several movie quotes come to mind:

Two hundred thousand dollars is a lot of money. We're gonna have to earn it. [/Blondie, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly ]

[Laughing, after Riddick, while in captivity, kills one of his five-man mercenary team] Four way split! [/Toombs, The Chronicles of Riddick ]

shankster's picture

Like a Shakespearean tragedy.

Txpl9421's picture

His father was the Crown Prince. This guy was not.

He was an advisor to the Crown prince when that position was held by his father. His father got tossed under the bus by the new regime. Now he is just a Prince.

Well, now he is just another red colored smear on the Saudi desert floor.

Joe A's picture

Rumour says it was a suicide pact and everybody tied their hands on their backs to make sure nobody would chicken out at the last moment. Something like that?

Yippie21's picture

dude...    brilliant plan!   +1000

Nobodys Home's picture

I wonder who was at the helm of the helicopter. The Sauds ok'd women to drive this year.

Pure Evil's picture

Probably an asian woman trying to make the exit at high speed at the last second from the inside lane across an eight lane highway.

Sadly, she didn't make it.

crazyirishdad's picture

Just like in the movies

Nobodys Home's picture

Truth is stranger than fiction.

Well nowadays, maybe not.

Slammofandango's picture

Were there guys from Seal Team 6 on board?

AmericanFUPAcabra's picture

No they use the Hi-tech Chinooks without attack helicopter support for those missions.

Robert Trip's picture

Somebody nuke Israel.


sauldaddy's picture

They all-ready Nuked themselves now there trying to take the rest of us with them. Google ( The Covert Samson Option ) and follow Fluffy

JoeTurner's picture

sadly there will be goats, camels and adolescents that will not be raped tonight....


buzzsaw99's picture

all the orphans in yemen are crying because they don't get shot at from that helicopter anymore.

P-51 Stiletto's picture

Right when I read it, I knew what I would see. Stanley Kubrick. You are your avatar sir.

RawPawg's picture

just spitballin'

Yemen Rocket?

Robert Trip's picture

8 goats are in mourning.

Déjà view's picture

Always a 'Morning' After...

obelix's picture

"In Yemen, the war has cost the Saudi economy hundreds of millions of dollars. This war launched by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to restore Sanaa's legitimate government and put Iran in check has failed to do either.

But it has succeeded in killing thousands of innocent people, displacing millions....

The targeting of Riyadh could push the young prince to be even more reckless and destructive in his ongoing expedition in Yemen. 

Earlier I spoke to a contact who used to work for the billionaire prince. He told me that a possible reason for his detention was Alwaleed's refusal to put up money to help prop up Saudi's staggering economy. The message from Bin Salman to the country's wealthy elite is: Pay up or get locked up.

In the Saudi version of Game of Thobes, the 32-year-old Bin Salman shows that he is willing to throw the entire region into jeopardy to wear the royal gown. His actions have already all but destroyed the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC); Yemen can no longer be referred to as a functioning state; Egypt is a ticking time bomb; and now Lebanon may erupt. There's a lot to worry about."



earleflorida's picture

yes indeed...

lebanon is the epicenter, and the zionist will finance the ksa for a camel's-nose and toe hole'd 'christian/muslim' secular gov't. devide, as they did in the second lebanese war, with the saudis new amb.,and haariis resignation reporting back to bibi and his gang of mossad, hezbollah infiltrators via syrian freedom army diehards.

the plan is a 2.0 redux of 'operation golan' in southern lebanon and the golan... while russia stands down telling assad,...--- it ain't worth the bother?

fact: like it or not, all of palestine is israel's--- hamas just signed over gaza to the palestian authority, and is negotiating terms of co-existence.

it's over!

all for the last piece of the 'greater israel. being the 'golan'---the final king`piece of the rubic-puzzle.

Captain Nemo de Erehwon's picture

They seem happy enough in the a few "short" hours before the crash pic. Wait ...are there short hours and long hours?

Dr. Engali's picture

One would think they would have learned a lesson from Seal team six.