DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:40 P.M.) – On Sunday evening, a Saudi transport chopper carrying eight high-ranking officials crashed near the city of Abha in Assir Province.
Among those trapped in the helicopter as it plunged towards the ground was Saudi Prince Mansour bin Muqrin, local outlets reported. All passengers were proclaimed dead due to the crash, including the Saudi prince himself.
Although often describing himself as a businessman, Mansour bin Muqrin served in Riyadh’s cabinet as vice chief of the Assir region where Yemeni insurgents continue to conduct daily hit-and-run attacks on the Royal Saudi Land Forces (KSA).
Al-Masdar News was unable to confirm whether the helicopter crashed due to a simple technical failure or possibly through anti-aircraft fire by hostile Houthi fighters.
No further details are available yet.