'Osama's sister, her husband and mother killed in UK jet crash'

  • Reuters, Dubai
  • Updated: Aug 01, 2015 21:56 IST

A sister of former al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed along with her husband and mother when a private plane crashed in southern England on Friday, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television reported on Saturday.

The Embraer Phenom 300 with four people on board including its Jordanian pilot was flying from Milan's Malpensa airport to Blackbushe airport in southern England when it crashed at a car auction site, the Dubai-based news channel reported on its website.

It identified the three passengers as Sana' Mohamed bin Laden, her husband Zuhair Hashem and Sana's mother, Raja' Hashem. It also published a photo of Sana'.

The bin Laden family is one of the most prominent business dynasties in the kingdom.

A spokesperson for the British police on Friday told Reuters that there were four people on the aircraft when it crashed, but it did not state their identities.

Without identifying the victims, the Saudi Ambassador to Britain offered condolences to the bin Laden family on the embassy's Twitter account and said the mission was working with British authorities to investigate the incident and organise the speedy transfer of the bodies for burial in the kingdom.

Osama bin Laden, the accused mastermind of the 2001 attacks on the United States, was killed by U.S. special forces in a raid on his hideout in Pakistan in 2011.

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