A private jet crashed in southern England on Friday, killing four people on board, a spokesman for Britain’s Hampshire police service said, and Saudi and British media said the passengers were relatives of deceased al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.
“There were no survivors, unfortunately. There were four people onboard including the pilot”, a spokeswoman for the British police said.
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,” he said in the tweet.
سمو سفير خادم الحرمين الشريفين الامير محمد بن نواف يعزي أسرة بن لادن. pic.twitter.com/iHr1RlGWLC
— Saudi Embassy UK (@SaudiEmbassyUK) July 31, 2015
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.