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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pc_babe's picture

Were they dead before or after the crash?

Kefeer's picture

Before - at least the pilots were.

east of eden's picture

We were all hoping you had of been on the chopper, bitch. Would've suited you, they are your kind of scum.

TRM's picture

The outhouse of saud is purging all "terrorists" (i.e. anyone who isn't violently anti-shia) so that their wahabbi "freedom fighters" can cleanse the penninsula from the herasy. Next up they will surround all shia mosques and commence killing lots of saudi shia. That is one way to reduce the deficit. Just kill all the people you don't like and you don't have to pay them benefits.

Aubiekong's picture

Hopefully these 8 are some of those responsible for 9/11

mog's picture


They are Saudis not Israelis.

Scornd's picture

uh well i think they are. lets check.

PotusNextus's picture

nothing to see here, move along...

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Games in the big sandbox.

ffed's picture

More fakeness.  In other news its sunny and 70 degree.......

Rich Monk's picture

This is more like the movie "Syriana" going live!

JohnFrodo's picture

This should be of no concern to those with 911 lawsuits. No one is above the law, ask Steven Segal.

Sudden Debt's picture

In the video they're talking about destroying a freedom tower. What's a "freedom tower"?

Arrow4Truth's picture

One World Trade Center (also known as 1 World Trade Center, 1 WTC or Freedom Tower) is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City.

TwelveOhOne's picture

Predicted in "Back to the Future", where the "Twin Pines Mall" becomes "Lone Pine Mall".

novictim's picture

Shooter did not get the memo, "It is OK to be White". 

Rubicon727's picture

Shades of the ancient Mithradates in his rulership (120 BC) who took on the Romans. He survived numerous poisoning by his father, mother and others.

A well educated, intuitively savvy ruler who recognized the great power of slowly poisoning himself in order to survive the tenous nature of ruling his country.


"The Poison King"

By, Adrienne Mayor

torabora's picture

On a long enough timeline....

guru69's picture

It's a start. Keep up the good work.

Rubicon727's picture

If you can believe Roger Stone (inforwars) the purge is targeting Saudi officials/billionaires who are supposed to be pro-Iran. Not sure that is believable, though.

Boeing Boy's picture

One suspects Iran was indirectly respponsible for the shooting down of this helicopter by yemeni firces...

EnragedUSMCExpat's picture

Boeing chopper + bad maintenance. 

How's Ralph Boyce these days?

Conscious Reviver's picture

Hariri, the Lebanese PM with the Saudi passport, was recalled to Saudi Arabia and forced to resign after appointing the first ambassador to Damascus since the war to depose Assad was launched and meeting with a high level Iranian official. In other words he was going soft on Iran from the Wahabi perspective.

Clearcutt's picture

Well, that's just what happens when you let women drive all of a sudden.

ebear's picture

Comments like this are the reason I never sip beverages while reading ZH.

_SILENCER's picture

Looks like they've been trying to clean house over the last couple days


fearnot's picture

Smoking guns – Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Trump, and Central Bankers

Saudi Central banker Chief (SAMA), Saudi Finance Minister, Chairman of Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul), CEO of Saudi Telecom, Chairman of Saudi Capital Market Authority (CMA) all met on November to discuss three main topics including the regional integration into the world economy, tapping capital markets and driving diversification in the regional macro-economic environment. I got to wonder if Alwaleed bin Talal and the others the Crown Prince Bin Salman took under custody or eliminated has something to do with throwing the petro dollar under the bus. Is the U.S. an ally of Crown Prince Bin Salman? I think not.

 "Trump’s financial history with Saudi Arabia, which is leading the blockade, and Saudi ally the United Arab Emirates, includes the purchase of tens of millions of dollars in Trump’s real estate properties by wealthy Saudis over the years. The situation raises questions about whether the president’s personal financial relationships are dictating US policy, rather than his stated claims that he is concerned about Qatar’s alleged link to terror financing"

"There is no evidence that Trump has been untruthful about his reasons to support the blockade. But the US State Department and the Pentagon – acutely aware of Qatar’s role hosting thousands of US and US-led coalition forces on a large airbase south-west of Doha – have taken different positions from the White House. A State Department spokeswoman recently said that the Saudi and UAE move against Qatar was “mystifying”."

Read more

"It is clear that Trump does not have many business connections to Qatar. His son-in-law, Jared Kushner, reportedly sought but failed to entice Qatari investors to help recapitalise a huge investment in a New York property – 666 Fifth Avenue – that is laden with debt.

Saudi Arabia, however, has been an important partner to the president. In 1995, when Trump was struggling to make payments on one of his most important New York properties, the landmark Plaza Hotel, it was Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a Saudi prince, who came to his rescue with an investment, which relegated Trump to a minority shareholder in the property. A few years earlier, in 1991, bin Talal bought a huge yacht, the Trump Princess, from creditors at a time when Trump’s other big venture, the Atlantic City casinos, were under pressure.

 It does not mean the two have always had a warm relationship. The Saudi prince fired off an angry tweet in June 2016 after then-candidate Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the country, describing the president as a “disgrace not only to the GOP but to all America”. When Trump won the presidency bin Talal congratulated him"


SmedleyButlersGhost's picture

Excellent post. May I sum up? Saudi Arabians are goat fucking shit heads who happened to land their goat fucking dicks over oil fields. Having seen this movie before with American Indians in Oklahoma et al, we want a warm relationship because we can't seem to produce oil without fucking people over.

Please feel free to rebut.

SMD's picture

Tyler, you cockeater, the Houthis are not "rebels." Yemen is a hugely majority Shiite state that was ruled by a corrupt Sunni puppet dictator imposed by the Saudis. The Saudis are the terrorist-rebels, not the Houthis.

indygo55's picture

I'm pretty sure everyone here already knows that. 

Baron von Bud's picture

The point here is to be truthful and witty at the same time. Facts we know but what can you add. Boneheads piss people off and you get in a fight.

Late onset ADHD's picture

well... all old-timers at ZH know one indelible truth... 

there are muppets and then there are dead muppets...

Games Without Frontiers's picture

The pilot was wearing the wrong color robe so they cut his head off, lacking the foresight, as Saudis always do, that he was the pilot. True story.

FIAT CON's picture

Ban Helicopters.

NormanConquest01's picture

God.  What a bunch of dorks!

Obsidian Samctum's picture

What kind of chopper was it? You know American made aircraft have kill switches. Boeing the randomly fall into the ocean with patent holder for example.

indygo55's picture

Or remotely land the airplanes on remote islands where the laptops and thumbdrives can be secured.

random999's picture

Well what can I say.. Im happy I aint driving no tesla.

Ms No's picture

If it was a Tesla helicopter they could have just pulled the battery life rather than extending it (as that weird guy did recently for the hurricane).  He keeps telling us to fear AI while he makes big brother vehicles.


Bear's picture

"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?"

Bitcoin soars and Gold languishes.

EnragedUSMCExpat's picture

Good news for gold buyers. Get it now, physical gold in the hand.

NubianSundance's picture

2499 princes to go. Everyone is a prince in Arabia, the most rotten, idle, junk state in the world. A puff of wind would send them scurrying to tne dunes.

LoveTruth's picture

It was probably "Allahu Akhbar" special operation by the ruler. The muslim god demands killings in order to get the 72 virgins. 

bunnyswanson's picture

If this world had a preference between Arabs and Blews, I can almost bet the bank (owned by blews), Arabs would be preferrred race.  Sorry, but a thief is a thief.

VZ58's picture

Hmmm. Tragedy. Terrible tragedy. Couldn't have happened to nicer folks. Wonder if the RPG that made it crash had "Made in US" or "Poccnr" lettering on it? Ah heck, who could tell these days anyway.

American Snipper's picture

Crashed or shot down?

Playtime's Over's picture

Dag.....philosophizers, all I want to know is will the Hillary criminal pyschopath be perp walked or not.