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Saudi ambassador says bin Laden family members killed in private jet crash in southern England

  • FILE - This undated file photo shows al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United Kingdom says family members of the late al-Qaida leader were killed in a private jet crash in southern England on Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - This undated file photo shows al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United Kingdom says family members of the late al-Qaida leader were killed in a private jet crash in southern England on Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

  • This picture taken on Friday, July 31, 2015, shows the debris of the Embraer Phenom 300 jet that crashed near the end of the runway of Blackbushe Airport, while trying to land at the airfield about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southwest of London. Prince Mohammed Bin Nawaf Bin Abdel-Aziz, the Saudi ambassador to the United Kingdom, said that family members of the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden were killed in the crash, but did not further identify the dead. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

    This picture taken on Friday, July 31, 2015, shows the debris of the Embraer Phenom 300 jet that crashed near the end of the runway of Blackbushe Airport, while trying to land at the airfield about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southwest of London. Prince Mohammed Bin Nawaf Bin Abdel-Aziz, the Saudi ambassador to the United Kingdom, said that family members of the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden were killed in the crash, but did not further identify the dead. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  (The Associated Press)

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United Kingdom says family members of the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden were killed in a private jet crash in southern England.

In a tweet late Friday, Prince Mohammed Bin Nawaf Bin Abdel-Aziz offered his condolences to the bin Laden family, without identifying the dead.

The bin Laden family owns a major construction company in the Sunni kingdom. They disowned the al-Qaida leader prior to the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The Embraer Phenom 300 jet crashed Friday while trying to land at Blackbushe Airport, an airfield used by private planes and flying clubs some 40 miles (65 kilometers) southwest of London. British authorities said four people were killed in the crash.

The official Saudi Press Agency earlier identified the jet as being Saudi-owned.