Three members of Osama bin Laden’s family were among of the four people who were killed in a small plane crash in southern England, British police said on Saturday.
The Embraer Phenom 300 jet with four people on board was flying from Milan’s Malpensa airport to Blackbushe airport in southern England when it crashed at a nearby car auction site. All died in the crash.
It was not immediately clear how the victims were related to the late al Qaeda leader, whose family is one of the most prominent business dynasties in Saudi Arabia.
We do believe three of the deceased to be the mother, sister and brother-in-law of the owner of the aircraft, all of whom are from the bin Laden family, but formal post-mortem examinations are ongoing,” Hampshire Police said in a statement.
Media reports said the victims included bin Laden’s half-sister along with her husband and mother. Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television named those killed as Sana’ Mohamed bin Laden, her husband Zuhair Hashem and Sana’s mother, Raja’ Hashem.
The plane’s Jordanian pilot was the other person on board. British police said the three passengers were travelling to Britain for a vacation. The Saudi ambassador to Britain, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud, offered his condolences via Twitter to the family of the late Mohammed bin Laden over the crash that happened on Friday, however, he did not name the victims.
As of now, Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch said it was looking into the cause of the crash.
via CNN News