Crash in Britain reportedly kills bin Laden family members

Relatives of Osama bin Laden killed in private jet crash in Britain

Photo by: Twitter
Photo by: Twitter

The jet crashed into a car auction centre

British police have announced that the four people who died in a private jet crash in Southern England on Friday were relatives of former Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, who was killed in Pakistan by US military forces in 2011.

Speaking to Reuters, a spokesperson for Hampshire police did not reveal the identities of the deceased but said that "there were no survivors, unfortunately. There were four people onboard including the pilot."

Although the identities of plane crash victims have not been confirmed yet, the Saudi ambassador to Britain - Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud  - offered condolences to the bin Laden family, with the embassy's official Twitter account stating "His royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdul Aziz, the ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to the United Kingdom, offered his condolences to the sons of the late Mohammed bin Laden and their relations for the grave incident of the crash of the plane carrying members of the family at Blackbushe airport."   

Saudi embassy officials said that they will work together with British officials to identify the deceased and transport their bodies to Saudi Arabia.

According to Saudi media reports, Bin Laden’s stepmother and half sister were present in the plane.

The Embraer Phenom 300 jet crashed into a car auction centre while trying to land at Blackbushe Airport in southern England at 3:09pm (1409 GMT), according to a statement from the airport.

Acting Chief Inspector Olga Venner of the Hampshire Police said regarding the crash that "Sadly, there were no survivors.”

The police and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch have launched a joint investigation into the crash, Inspector Venner said.

Debris of the jet in the parking lot was seen in various aerial images.

Osama bin Laden was the founder of Al Qaeda and claimed responsibility for the September 11 attacks on the United States.

Al Qaeda began to operate in Pakistan after Western forces replaced the Taliban government in Afghanistan in 2001. Many fighters then travelled to the Pakistani border and started to work in small mobilised groups to carry out surprise attacks on military and civilian targets, causing deaths and disruption.

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