A helicopter that was transporting prince Mansour bin-Muqrin and other high-ranking Saudi officials crashed near the border with Yemen.
The accident has claimed the life of Saudi Prince Mansour bin Muqrin along with seven others after their helicopter crashed. The accident has happened one day after Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemen rebels in the war-torn country.
The local media has reported the incident confirming that everyone else on the aircraft died in the helicopter crash. The officials had been taking a tour of an area near the Asir coast when the aircraft went down.
The investigators are yet to establish the cause of the crash. Yesterday, Saudi Arabia's air defence forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired from warring Yemen over the capital Riyadh.
The missile was brought down near King Khaled Airport on the northern outskirts of the city and did not cause any casualties. The interception caused Rocket fragments to fall near the airport grounds, but air traffic carried on normally, the Saudi civil aviation authority said.
Reports indicate that there’s a likelihood that it was fired by armed Houthi rebels, who have taken over the capital Sanaa and other parts of the country during its civil war.
The officials are believed to be on an inspection trip when the aircraft was downed. The prince was the son of Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who was briefly Saudi Arabia’s crown prince from January to April 2015.
Back in 2013, Mansour married a daughter of Prince Saud bin Fahd Al Saud, later-on in April 2015, he was appointed Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques with the rank of minister.
One of the spokesmen for the rebel group told Al Jazeera that they launched a Burkan 2-H missile towards Riyadh which is the Saudi capital late on Saturday. The incident was just an indication of the war in Yemen and how it's spreading across the border.