Osama bin Laden’s stepmother, half-sister and brother-in-law are thought to be among four people killed after a private jet owned by the family exploded into a fireball after overshooting a runway while trying to land outside London.
Rajaa Hashim, Osama’s stepmother, her daughter Sana bin Laden, and Sana’s husband Zuhair Hashim, have been named as the victims, according to NBC News.
They were killed alongside their Jordanian pilot, who has not yet been identified, when their £7million Embraer Phenom 300 jet overshot the runway at Blackbushe airport yesterday afternoon.
widely circulated online, is believed to show Sana bin Laden, the
half-sister of Osama, sitting on a plane. She is thought to have died in
a airplane crash in Hampshire yesterday
plane with her mother Rajaa Hashim, Osama’s stepmother, and her husband
Zuhair Hashim, Osama’s brother-in-law, who are also believed to be among
Jordanian pilot, who has not been identified, after the £7million
private jet they were flying on overshot the runway at Blackbushe
airport, hit the ground and exploded
Brazilian-built aircraft exploded after ploughing into a carpark
killing the Jordanian pilot, who has yet to be named, along with bin
jet was completely destroyed after it overshot the runway while trying
to land at the Blackbushe Airport on the Hampshire-Surrey border.
Hashim was among those wives, making her Osama’s stepmother, while
daughter Sana would have been his half-sister, making Zuhair Hashim
bin Laden was originally from Yemen but moved to Saudi Arabia in the
1930s and became a building contractor for the SAudi Royal family.
with his work, they made his construction company the favoured
contractor for many of the kingdom’s building projects, which became
more and more spectacular as the country was flooded with oil money.
BIN LADEN FAMILY STILL BIG BUSINESS IN SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi Red Sea trading port of Jeddah is the business HQ for the
construction family’s fabulously successful Saudi BinLadin Group (SBG).
bin Ladens made their money by gaining exclusive rights to all
religious building projects under Saudi control in Mecca, Medina and
Jerusalem, Mohammed Bin Laden then branched out into lucrative civil
than a dozen bin Laden brothers and half-brothers sit on the SBG board
and help to run its operations from regional HQs across the Middle East.
married Hamida Alia Ghanoum some time in the 1950s, and in 1957 she
gave birth to Osama bin Laden, believed to be her only child.
he grew up among the lavish trappings on wealth in the family’s
palatial home in Jeddah, he would go on to live a sparse life as the
leader of hardline terror group Al Qaeda.
masterminding several bomb plots around the world, including an attack
on the World Trade Centre car park, he became the world’s most wanted
man in 2001 after terrorists from Al Qaeda crashed two planes into the
towers, killing more than 5,000 people.
went into hiding and was believed to have been living in the tribal
mountainous region of Pakistan, until he was discovered living in a
compound in Abbottabad.
the wake of the plane crash yesterday, emergency services raced to the
scene shortly after 3pm when the aircraft crashed into an overflow car
park attached to the British Car Auction.
Saudi Arabian embassy in London expressed their condolences to the bin
Laden family for their loss following yesterday’s accident.
to AvGen Limited, who monitor flights arriving and departing Heathrow
Airport, their equipment picked up the doomed jet as it approached
data suggests that the aircraft was flying at 1,250 feet when it
approached the airfield. It then climbed rapidly 500 feet. When the
pilot steered the jet to the runway, he started losing height at a rate
of 3,000 feet per minute in the moments before the crash.
crash was named after Osama bin Laden’s eldest brother Salem, right, who
himself died in an aircraft crash while flying in the United States in
1988 (also pictured is Salem’s first wife, Sandi, and the couple’s
was flying the aircraft with the number HZ-IBN, when he died in another
crash in 1967, however his family retained the registration.
aircraft was registered to Salem Aviation – which was named after the
dead terrorist’s eldest brother, who himself died in a crash in 1988
when he ploughed into powerlines in San Antonio, Texas.
spokesman for Blackbushe Airport said: ‘A Phenom 300 Jet with four
persons on board crashed near the end of the runway around 3.09 PM while
attempting to make a landing.
South East Coast Ambulance Service sent out a tweet saying they have
had reports of four casualties after the incident near Farnborough.
chief inspector Olga Venner, of Hampshire Police, speaking from the
scene, said: ‘We can confirm that there were four people on board,
including the pilot.
there were no survivors. No-one on the ground has been injured and we
would urge anyone with any information, including pictures or videos, to
a statement, an airport spokesman said: ‘Blackbushe Airport confirmed
that a Phenom 300 jet with four persons on board crashed near the end of
the runway around 3.09pm while attempting to make a landing.
scene was attended by Blackbushe Fire and Rescue within minutes,
followed by Hampshire fire, police and ambulance units. Emergency
services are currently controlling the scene.’
could see the plume of smoke waving from about five miles away and was
hoping it was just a car fire rather than an aircraft accident.’
resident Daphne Knowles, 70, told GetSurrey: ‘I was in a field with the
cattle and I heard an aircraft coming very very fast from behind me.
The engines were screaming far too much and the aircraft was trying to
land – I’m a glider pilot and I thought it’s far too low to the ground.
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.’
Ramos’ was first alerted to the drama by his son and told how the plane
suddenly crashed into parked cars at a neighbouring auction site.
THE EMBRAER PHENOM 300 JET
- It is a light jet aircraft made by Brazilian manufacturer Embraer.
models of the plane can hold eight occupants, including those in the
cockpit. It can be adapted to carry up to 11 people.
- Its wingspan is 15.91m (52ft 2 inches), and length is 15.64m (51ft 4 inches).
- The plane can reach 453 knots on high-speed cruise mode.
- It can reach a maximum altitude of 45,000ft (13,716m).
- The aircraft has a range of 3,650 km, approximately five hours of flight time.
- Its landing distance is 799m (2,621ft)
Ramos, who was working nearby, said: ‘There was a loud bang and then my
son quickly came in to the auction hall where the cashiers are, saying a
plane had gone down.
fire started at the front of the plane and worked its way from the
front of the jet to the back and spread outwards onto the parked cars.