BBC News via blacklistednews.com Posted Wed., Mar.08, 2017
Three members of Osama Bin Laden’s family (pics above) died after their pilot became “overwhelmed” as he approached Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire, a court has heard. A jury returned a narrative verdict at the inquest into the deaths of the family and pilot.
North Hampshire Coroner’s Court was told the plane overshot the runway and burst into flames.
Coroner Andrew Bradley heard the victim’s bodies were “incinerated”.
The jet the victims were on crashed into a car auction site next to the airport in July 2015.
Bin Laden’s brother-in-law, Zuhair Hashim, 56, half-sister, Sana Mohammed Bin Laden, 53, and her mother Raja Bashir Hashim, 75, were killed along with pilot Mazen Al-Aqeel Da’jah Salem, 58.
Det Sgt Paula James of Hampshire Constabulary told the jury they all survived the crash impact but were “incredibly charred” by the fire and had to be identified using dental records.
The family had been travelling from Milan, Italy, having attended a wedding in Lake Como.
Sana’s brother Saad Bin Laden told the court his last communication was a picture of all three of them sent that morning via WhatsApp.
A jury in Basingstoke heard evidence from the accident, including an eyewitness account.
John Goodey, who was working at a car auction site next to the airfield, said: “It flew over the fence, it was bouncing on all the roofs of the cars. The noise was horrendous.”
He said he could see wires sparking off the back of the aircraft before it exploded.
Concluding, Mr Bradley said: “Blackbushe is not an all-singing, all-dancing airport and instructions from the control tower are not what you would get from Heathrow and Jeddah.
“He was approaching too fast, touching down at the wrong point, he’s making a decision to continue with his landing until it’s too late.”
In a statement, the Bin Laden family said they were “devastated by this great loss, but nonetheless accept it was God’s will to lose them”.
“We accept the findings of the inquest and we would like to thank our friends and family for their continued support throughout this difficult time.”
Full article here: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-39193485