Blackbushe Airport reopens

Monday 3rd August 2015 12:34 pm
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BLACKBUSHE Airport has reopened after a private jet crashed into a car park owned by Farnham-based British Car Auctions last Friday, killing all on board.

Three relatives of Osama Bin Laden were among the four people killed on board the Embraer Phenom 300 jet as it crashed shortly after 3pm, closing the airport until 8am this morning.

It is believed the Saudi-owned jet overshot the runway while attempting to land having travelled from Milan, Italy.

Following the crash, Saudi ambassador to the UK, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud, offered condolences to the Bin Laden family via Twitter.

The statement said: "His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud... has paid his condolences to the family and relatives of Mohammed bin Laden at Blackbushe airport in Britain for the great loss they have suffered as a result of the crash of the plane that was carrying the family."

The Saudi Arabian embassy added it is working with the UK authorities to investigate the crash and transport the bodies for funerals and burials in Saudi Arabia.

Firefighters were captured on video tackling a blaze at the crash site by Twitter user @tubman89 just moments after the fatal collision.

Aircraft enthusiast Geoff Pierce also took a photo of the aircraft seconds before it hit the ground and exploded on impact.

The plane reportedly belonged to an aviation firm owned by the Saudi-based family of the former al-Qaeda leader and mastermind of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

British Car Auctions, whose headquarters is based in Crosby Way, Farnham, said around 30 vehicles belonging to customers were destroyed or damaged in the crash.

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