In light of Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz bin Bandar Al Saud’s death in an aircraft crash on Thursday, President Bola Tinubu sent his condolences on Saturday to King Salman of Saudi Arabia, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and the Saudi Royal House.
Following the December 7 crash of the Saudi Arabian Air Force’s F-15SA fighter plane near Dhahran, the Saudi Royal Court declared Prince Talal Bin Abdulaziz dead.
However, it did not disclose the injuries that led to the prince’s death.
Talal, 62, who was on a training mission died alongside one other pilot.
The last rituals for Talal will be carried out at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh, said the monarchy.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, President
Tinubu expressed grief at the loss, acknowledging the departed Prince’s excellent and dedicated service to his country throughout his outstanding career in the Royal Saudi Air Force and the Saudi Intelligence Agency.
According to the statement titled ‘President Tinubu mourns Saudi Prince Talal Bin Abdulaziz Bin Bandar Al Saud,’ the President prayed God Almighty to grant repose to the soul of the departed, and comfort for the Royal House of Saud, the Kingdom, and all who mourn this irreparable loss.
Prince Talal joins a list of Saudi Royals who were either involved in or lost their lives in aviation accidents dating back to a 2017 helicopter crash that killed Prince Mansour bin Muqrin and seven others near the Saudi-Yemeni border.