Bin Laden's Half Sister, Her Husband and Mother Reportedly Killed in U.K. Plane Crash

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Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.
Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.Credit: AP

A sister of former Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed along with her husband and mother when a private jet 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'. 

Later Saturday, British police confirmed that three relatives of the late Al-Qaida leader were among four people killed when the private jet crashed..
The Hampshire Police force said formal post-mortems were still being conducted, but the victims were believed to be "the mother, sister and brother-in-law of the owner of the aircraft, all of whom are from the bin Laden family." It said all three were Saudi nationals who were visiting Britain on vacation. The plane's Jordanian pilot also died.

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

The debris of the Embraer Phenom 300 jet that crashed near the end of the runway of Blackbushe Airport in England, killing three bin Laden family members. Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA via AP

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 organize 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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