Bin Laden Family Members Reportedly Killed in Private Plane Crash in England

Bin Laden Family Members Killed in Small Plane Crash in Britain: Report
The scene following a plane crash at Blackbushe Airport in Britain.

08/01/2015 AT 10:25 AM EDT

Members of Osama bin Laden's family were killed Friday when their plane crashed near a British airport, exploding in a "ball of flames," the BBC reports.

All four on board – the pilot and three passengers – were killed in the crash near Blackbushe Aiport in Hampshire, England, around 3 p.m. local time, police said, according to the BBC.

The plane was arriving from Milan, Italy, when it went down. Witnesses described a "huge bang," a "ball of flames" and "several explosions" to the BBC. No one on the ground was injured.

The identities of the victims were not immediately released by British authorities, but Saudi Arabian officials confirmed it was members of the bin Laden family.

According to an English translation from the BBC, the Saudi ambassador to Britain, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud, "paid his condolences to the family and relatives of Mohammed bin Laden...for the great loss they have suffered," in a Tweeted statement from the embassy.

The plane crashed near the runway while trying to land, officials for Blackbushe Airport said in a statement to the BBC.

The Saudi government said it was working with British authorities to retrieve the bodies for burial as soon as possible, according to the BBC.

The plane was reportedly owned by a bin Laden aviation firm, according to the BBC. The family is very large – including the former al-Qaeda leader, killed by American forces in 2011 – and has previously disowned Osama.

Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch is investigating, according to CNN.
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