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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Pure Evil's picture

Yeah, but these guys were called Towel(head) Team 6.

NoWayJose's picture

Hey! Those ground-to-air missiles we sold to the Saudis really DO work!

Korprit_Phlunkie's picture

Its ALL connected...The key is...

Look to  Twitter, specifically -  My fellow Americans, the storm is upon us..

and WHere is Barack Obama? Speculation is North Korea, is that where they will congregate and fight from? 4 aircraft carriers are there and a mountain just fell in on their nukes so they are desperate. When satan gets desperate he goes and kills Christians in Texas.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Not a Gordon Duff fan as I equate he and his "sources" the way I do A.J. of Infowars... But this ( has a ring of truth given what is being seen on the ground in Syria outside of the major ongoing firefights in Deir Ez-Zor and Raqqa (

Sad that the American people will simply yawn watching their football and looking on to more of these acts of terror both at home ( and abroad and CONTINUE DOING NOTHING as their tax money continues to spend itself quite literally to it's "DEATH"!

2018 will be a banner year for that IMMINENT EVENT "" both financially and militarily!...


shankster's picture

WTF! This sounds like the US gubmit.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Lessons from the Pinochet School of Better Government.


Vardaman's picture

Eggs, basket.  Some assembly required...

shankster's picture

George Bush and Obama's buddies over there in Saudi Arabia are crazy!

NoWayJose's picture

One of those red and white towels must fallen across the pilots face.

NDXTrader's picture

The Crown Prince shutdown the airports. Pretty likely these guys were trying to get out of the country by helicopter and got shot down

krispkritter's picture

Using the backdoor again, should have known that leads to a shitty ending...(sorry, beer's kicking in early)

shankster's picture

Jeff Sessions will no doubt get to the bottom of this.

rockstone's picture

As soon as every living stoner is incarcerated.

slobbermut's picture

Yeah, no doubt - just as soon as he rounds up all those damn subversive pot smokers.

krispkritter's picture

You could give the guy a nuclear submarine and he couldn't get to the bottom of a kiddy pool for fucks sake. Bottom?  He couldn't find Kim K's ass with Google, a photo-shoot invite, and the paparazzi.  That guy is the Mr. Bean of justice. Gowdy, Rand, Chaffetz, etc. put them in and rake the bottom of the Swamp.  Sessions is a slow-walking pussified bought-off pile of crap. 

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

Happy days!  Allah be praised.

Bill of Rights's picture

Trump, double up on your personal security and trust no one...

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Don't fly...especially in helicopters!

rockstone's picture

Well....the guys who were simply arrested have got to be feeling somewhat better. If they wanted them dead they would be.

Jolt's picture

That's three Saudi stories here, all described as "shocking".

I guess when bad things happen to billionaires, it's "shocking".

When bad things happen to the rest of us, it's called "thinning the herd."

Fuck that.

JLM's picture

Few less wolves in sheep clothing it appears ... .

Pure Evil's picture

A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.

BritBob's picture

They can only fly if they're over 75 and accompanied by their mothers. Very strict rules...

JustPrintMoreDuh's picture

Major chess moves being undertaken

Bill of Rights's picture

And the pertrorenembie is closer as well. Every action theres' a reaction as well...stay tuned...

loveyajimbo's picture

In other news, Jeff Sessions was caught trying to offshore his collection of soiled Hillary panties...

Jack Oliver's picture

Seems like the Zio/US are not happy about the SA Kings visit to Russia !!

Late onset ADHD's picture

just a coincidence... nothing to see here...

this happens all the time...right?...

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

It's all a coincidence my fellow Zerhedgers. There is no inclination of skulduggery at play. Move along now children, move along.......... [/sarc]

Anteater's picture

Disgruntled lone pilot with recent largely-unproveable gambling losses.

Hugh Mann's picture

Dead men tell no tales...

JohnFrodo's picture

This prince seems to be blessed, his rivals fall out of the air at Gods will.

JohnFrodo's picture

This prince seems to be blessed, his rivals fall out of the air at Gods will.

Yippie21's picture

They didn't do the "free helicopter rides" thing correctly.   Need to pay more attention to internet!

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Old man to wife at country fair..."Gee, honey, I sure would like to take a ride on that helicopter, but we can't afford it."

Helicopter pilot..." Business is slow today. I would be glad to treat you old folks to a free ride, but if you get afraid and you say one one word, you will have to pay me the $50.00." (Helicopter pilot then does trick manuvers, then lands the bird.)

Pilot to husband..."Sir, where is your wife?!!!"

Husband..."She fell out the door 5 minutes ago."

Pilot..."Why in hell didn't you say something?!"

Husband ..."Fifty bucks is fifty bucks!"

shinobi-7's picture

Would this be the start of history accelerating? It feels like it almost everywhere around the globe now!

Falconsixone's picture

BS...They're on the run before their heads fall away from their bodies.. 

djsmps's picture


Bunga Bunga's picture

Prince Mansour bin-Muqrin was also advisor to King Salman. Was the helicopter shut down? Civil war in Saudia Arabia?

Faeriedust's picture

Shooting is too easy to verify.  More likely sabotage or navigational hacking.

ThrowAwayYourTV's picture

Fucking Frizzbee's! You wanna die just fly around in one of those things.


Late onset ADHD's picture

ummm... Mohammed bin Salman is a seriously dangerous fuck... pay attention...

pizdowitz's picture

Wow! I heard Putin just sent for another popcorn bucket from Amazon.