At least two relatives of deceased al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden were killed when a private jet crashed in southern England on Friday, Saudi and British media sources said.
“There were no survivors, unfortunately. There were four people onboard including the pilot”, a spokewoman for British police said.
The Saudi ambassador to Britain, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud offered condolences to the bin Laden family on Twitter without confirming the identities of the victims. The bin Laden family is part of 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.
The Saudi embassy is now working with British authorities to investigate the incident and to ensure the speedy handover of the bodies for burial in their kingdom.
British media, including the Daily Mail website, also said the deceased were relatives of bin Laden. The plane was identified as being registered in Saudi Arabia.
An investigation into the causes of the incident has been launched by the local Hampshire police.