Bin Laden relatives killed in plane crash in England

Bin Laden: Relatives killed
Bin Laden: Relatives killed

Relatives of Osama Bin Laden were among four people who died in plane crash in the UK yesterday.

The pilot and three passengers died when a private Phenom 300 jet attempted to land at Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire.

The Saudi Arabia-registered plane, which was arriving from Milan, crashed into a car auction site before bursting into flames.

No one was injured on the ground.

It is understood the sister and stepmother of the former al-Qaida leader were among the dead.

The Saudi embassy in London released a statement online saying: “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.”

Geoff Pierce, an aviation enthusiast from Fleet in Hampshire was at Blackbushe airfield and told the BBC he saw the plane come down.

He said: "I've seen that type of aircraft land a number of times at the airport. At first I didn't realise what was happening, I was taking photos at the time."

He added that the plane did not seem to make a normal approach and appeared to be going at high speed.

"The next thing I knew the siren was wailing on the control tower and then I saw a big plume of black smoke."