Bin Laden relatives killed: Bin Ladens Plane Crash

Published: August 1, 2015

Bin Laden relatives killed: Bin Ladens Plane Crash, The sister and stepmother of the former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden were reportedly among the dead after a business jet crashed at a private airport in Hampshire and ploughed into a car auction centre.

A family friend told NBC that the dead included Osama bin Laden’s stepmother Rajaa Hashim, his half-sister Sana bin Laden and her husband Zuhair Hashim. Their names have been widely reported on multiple Arabic media websites, but are not yet confirmed by police or family members. Saudi princess Basmah bint Saud, who is based in London, released a statement on her official website naming the victims, saying she heard the news with great sadness.
Without confirming the identities of the victims, the Saudi ambassador to Britain, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud, offered condolences on the embassy’s official Twitter account to the Bin Laden family, a prominent Saudi Arabia clan with vast business interests.

“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 Balckbushe airport,” the Saudi ambassador said in the tweet.

The sister and stepmother of the former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden were reportedly among the dead after a business jet crashed at a private airport in Hampshire and ploughed into a car auction centre.

A family friend told NBC that the dead included Osama bin Laden’s stepmother Rajaa Hashim, his half-sister Sana bin Laden and her husband Zuhair Hashim. Their names have been widely reported on multiple Arabic media websites, but are not yet confirmed by police or family members. Saudi princess Basmah bint Saud, who is based in London, released a statement on her official website naming the victims, saying she heard the news with great sadness.

Sana bin Laden, who is thought to have died in the crash. Photograph: Social Media
Without confirming the identities of the victims, the Saudi ambassador to Britain, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud, offered condolences on the embassy’s official Twitter account to the Bin Laden family, a prominent Saudi Arabia clan with vast business interests.

“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 Balckbushe airport,” the Saudi ambassador said in the tweet.

The Saudi embassy said it was working with British authorities to investigate the incident and to ensure the speedy handover of the bodies for funerals and burials in the kingdom. The country’s civil aviation authority said it was sending a representative to the UK to assist British investigators.

Saudi media suggested that the dead included the sister and stepmother of Osama bin Laden, who was shot dead by US forces in Pakistan in 2011.

It was not immediately possible to confirm the reports, but it emerged that the aircraft was registered to a firm owned by the Bin Laden family.

Police would neither confirm nor deny on Friday night whether they were investigating reports that any members of the family were on board.

Barry Wright, who was working close to the crash site, told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: “It was as though a missile had come flying down. It was the sound of what you hear in the movies, followed by a huge bang and then an explosion. There was instantly smoke coming up and then there were small flames from the top of the aircraft, and then literally it went into a ball of flames within a minute.”

The light aircraft, which had with space for up to nine passengers and was thought to be worth £6m, crashed as it attempted to land at Blackbushe airport, seven miles north-west of Farnborough, a spokesman for the airport said.

The website Flight Radar, which tracks air traffic, shows a flight matching that description circling the airport, before appearing to come in to land. The flight took off from Milan’s Malpensa airport.

Acting chief inspector Olga Venner, of Hampshire police, speaking from the scene, said: “We can confirm that there were four people on board, including the pilot.

“Sadly, there were no survivors. No one on the ground has been injured and we would urge anyone with any information, including pictures or videos, to contact 101.”

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