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Blackbushe Fire After Bin Laden Family-Owned Light Aircraft Crashes Into Car Auction, Four Dead

31/07/2015 15:59 BST | Updated 01/08/2015 14:59 BST

UPDATE: Bin Laden Family Die In Hampshire Plane Crash

Four people - the pilot and three passengers - died when a private jet owned by the family of deceased terrorist Osama Bin Laden crash-landed into a car auction site at Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire on Friday afternoon.

The executive Saudi jet burst into flames while trying to land at an airport in southern England, killing all four people aboard.

The plane was reportedly owned by the family of deceased terrorist Osama Bin Laden, although the incident is not thought to be being treated as a terror attack.

Inspector Olga Venner from Hampshire Constabulary said "sadly, there were no survivors". No one on the ground was hurt. Blackbushe Airport said in a statement that the Embraer Phenom 300 jet crashed near the end of the runway while trying to land at 3:09 p.m.

The airport, used by private planes and flying clubs, is about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southwest of London. A British Car Auctions sales center is located at the airport. Andrew Thomas, who was at the center, told the BBC that "the plane nosedived into the cars and exploded on impact." He said he saw the plane and several cars in flames.

Aerial images showed burned debris lying in a parking lot full of cars. Venner said police and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch have launched a joint investigation into the crash.

A spokesman for the Hampshire Fire Service said crews were notified at 3.10pm on Friday. Firefighters from Rushmoor Fire Station and Hartley Wintney were also involved.