Saudi helicopter crash supposedly kills high-ranking prince

Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017|3:52 p.m.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates– Saudi authorities say a helicopter carrying federal government officials has crashed in the kingdom’s south, reportedly eliminating a high-ranking prince and seven others.

The Saudi Interior Ministry said early Monday that the crash occurred in Saudi Arabia’s Asir province.

They offered no cause for the crash, but stated a search of the wreckage was underway.

The Saudi-owned satellite news channel Al-Arabiya says the crash killed Prince Mansour bin Murquin and seven others. Prince Mansour is the deputy guv of Asir province.

Prince Mansour is the kid of Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, a former director-general of the Saudi Intelligence Agency and a one-time crown prince of the kingdom. Prince Muqrin was removed as crown prince in April 2015 by King Salman. The crown prince now is King Salman’s 32-year-old son.

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