11192017Headline:

Saudi prince, other officials killed in helicopter crash near Yemen

A helicopter carrying senior government officials has crashed in southwest Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen, killing Prince Mansour bin Muqrin and several other officials, officials say. The cause of the crash is unknown.

The incident happened late on Sunday afternoon local time when the aircraft disappeared from radar over the Asir Region, which borders Yemen. The aircraft was carrying a number of regional officials, including Prince Mansour bin Muqrin, the deputy governor of the Asir region.

The wreckage of the helicopter was found in a mountainous area near the coast and there were no reports of survivors.

Prince Mansour bin Muqrin, the son of former Crown Prince Muqrin al-Saud, was among those killed in the crash. The exact number of fatalities, as well as the identities of the other victims, were not immediately known.

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