Four people were killed on Friday after an aircraft, owned by the Bin Laden family, crashed at a car auction in Blackbushe Airport in the UK.
Early reports indicate that the jet was owned by Salem Aviation, a company named after Osama bin Laden’s elder cousin, who coincidentally also died in a plane crash.
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The jet’s registration number, HZ-IBN, was used by Osama bin Laden’s father, Mohammed. Mohammed, also a victim of an aircraft accident, used the same ID when he crashed in a small Beechcraft plane in 1967. However, the family is believed to have retained the number.
URGENT: Light aircraft crash at car auction at Blackbushe Airport, firefighters at the scene (video by @tubman89) https://t.co/dSDLhaY85o
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The Phenom was reportedly returning from Milan and was attempting to land when it crashed. Footage from the crash has been released on social media showing the aircraft ablaze, as black smoke rises from the wreckage. The witness described the scene as “very sad.”
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said they were called to the scene at 3.10pm. The aircraft is said to have missed the runway and crashed into a warehouse. The South East Coast Ambulance service sent out a tweet confirming they had received reports of four casualties after the incident. In a statement, local police told motorists to “avoid the area” as they were“dealing with an air emergency incident.”
Very sad people died please remember that and im not interested in selling rights its not right please no more offers pic.twitter.com/7UafZDqNdH — Tubman Thomas (@tubman89) July 31, 2015
Eyewitness Joe Ramos told Eagle 964 Radio there was a “loud bang” and his son came into the auction hall saying “a plane had gone down.”
The aircraft “missed the runway” and crashed into the auctions site located at the airport, the spokesperson said.
Blackbushe plane crash pic.twitter.com/qsEHeDHMjN
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Daphne Knowles, 70, told local reporters he was in a field with cattle when he heard an aircraft “coming very, very fast from behind me.” “Two people said they thought it had to swerve to miss another aircraft as it went in, but I didn’t see that myself and can’t confirm, then there was a huge black cloud of smoke which went up.”
Small plane crashed into car auction at Blackbushe airport pic.twitter.com/lxHLF76WIf — Nathan Greenwood (@NathanGFilm) July 31, 2015
Knowles said it appeared the aircraft “tried to land at Blackbushe having travelled northwards.”
A spokesman for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said: “The AAIB are aware and have deployed a team.”