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

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?

 

Comments

Paul Kersey Bes Sun, 11/05/2017 - 20:12 Permalink

Are there any "good guys" in Saudi Arabia? What will happen to the price of oil if the world's most prolific oil fields are destabilized? Which banks are holding the largest long oil positions?

"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. … This crisis provides the opportunity for us to do things that you could not before."
Rahm "the bomb" Emanuel

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P-51 Stiletto johngaltfla Sun, 11/05/2017 - 20:42 Permalink

It still flies the Stiletto does (google it, it's got it's own webpage), when I was just a young mechanic I had the privilige of working on that Mustang. That was at Palm Beach International in the mid-late eighties. I see your cool ass Florida handle too... The owner had an F4U Corsair, a British Sea-Fury (with Aussie Naval Insignia), a T-6 Texan, and a non flying museum piece British Vampire jet. A helluva collection to work on. 

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Conscious Reviver redmudhooch Sun, 11/05/2017 - 20:47 Permalink

18 down votes for the truth?!? Tough audience Red. Maybe some Hasbra troll squad is tracking your posts?Meanwhile in other parts of Asir Province,  KSA (the chopper went down in Asir Province)  watch the amazing Houthis destroy a Saudi army base, inside KSA. https://almasdarnews.com/article/video-yemeni-fighters-surround-saudi-b… those hasbra types who say you can not fight the Borg, watch the Houthis. They defeat the mechanized, air supported Cadillac Saudis over and over again  with mostly rifles. They only take what they can carry. They run all day in the desert. Smart, fearless, relentless  ... Maybe it's the kat? When they capture Saudi equipment, which is often, they blow it up or burn it. They sing a catchy little jingle. They only take what they can carry. Check it out and realize this is going on inside KSA. MSM won't talk about it.

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lincolnsteffens Truther Sun, 11/05/2017 - 15:50 Permalink

Reminds me of the settling of old scores in the Godfather movies, only on a grander scale. It seems like the world is heating up and I don't mean the weather! Now another mass US shooting.The world has gone bonkers! I just hope my little town of 7,000 is enough out of the way of blow back. Wonder what oil is going to trade at tomorrow.

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