2015 Blackbushe Phenom 300 crash

2015 Blackbushe Phenom 300 crash

The accident aircraft at London Luton Airport in 2014
Crash summary
Date 31 July 2015 (2015-07-31)
Summary Under investigation
Site Blackbushe Airport (BBS/EGLK), Hampshire, England
51°19′19.55″N 0°51′29.09″W / 51.3220972°N 0.8580806°W / 51.3220972; -0.8580806Coordinates: 51°19′19.55″N 0°51′29.09″W / 51.3220972°N 0.8580806°W / 51.3220972; -0.8580806
Passengers 3
Crew 1
Fatalities 4 (all)
Aircraft type Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300
Operator Salem Aviation
Registration HZ-IBN
Flight origin Milan–Malpensa Airport (MXP/LIMC), Lombardy, Italy
Destination Blackbushe Airport

At 15:00 BST on 31 July 2015, an Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 light business jet crashed into a car auction site on the property of Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire, United Kingdom, killing all four people on board.[1][2] The three passengers were members of the bin Laden family.[3][4]


The aircraft involved was an Embraer Phenom 300 light business jet manufactured in 2010, serial number 50500040 and registered in Saudi Arabia as HZ-IBN. The aircraft was owned by Salem Aviation of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which was the aircraft's first owner. Salem Aviation is owned by the bin Laden family.[2][5]


At the time of the crash, the aircraft was on a flight from Milan Malpensa Airport to Blackbushe Airport with three passengers, all Saudi nationals, and one crew member, the pilot (a Jordanian), on board. The passengers were Rajaa Hashim, one of the wives of Osama bin Laden's father Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden (who had died in an aircraft crash in the 1960s), as well as her daughter Sana Hashim and Sana's husband Zuhair Hashim.[3][4] The aircraft involved had no prior incidents; and weather conditions for the approach into Blackbushe Airport were warm and sunny, with very good visibility and winds from the south.[2][4][6]


The aircraft was attempting to land at Blackbushe Airport at the time of the crash and overshot the runway upon landing. While in the landing circuit, the pilot had to climb the jet after receiving a traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) advisory message as it overtook a microlight aircraft also in the circuit to land at Blackbushe.[2] Six times during the Phenom's final approach, the terrain awareness and warning system warned "pull up".[6][7] Data indicate the aircraft was travelling 149 knots (276 km/h), 31 knots (57 km/h) faster than its final approach target speed of 108 knots (200 km/h).[1][8] Based on tyre marks the jet made on the runway surface, it touched down two-thirds of the way along the runway, leaving only about 440 m (1,440 ft) of runway in which to stop. The aircraft landed at a speed of 134 knots (248 km/h) (compared to the 108 knots (200 km/h) recommended by the manufacturer); the required stopping distance at this speed would have been more than 600 m (2,000 ft). It struck an earthen bank and became briefly airborne again before coming to a rest in the car park of a British Car Auctions facility, directly adjacent to Blackbushe Airport.[6] The wreckage caught fire within sixty seconds of coming to rest. Several fire engines attended the scene to extinguish the fire, which was complicated by the burning wreckage setting alight several cars around the wreckage in the car park.[9]

All four people on board the aircraft were killed in the accident, but no one on the ground was injured.[1]


The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has opened an investigation into the accident.[10] On 6 August 2015, the AAIB issued a Special Bulletin that described the accident sequence.[7]


  1. 1 2 3 "Blackbushe Airport plane crash: Four dead in car auction site crash". BBC News. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "ASN Aircraft accident Embraer EMB-505 Phenom 300 HZ-IBN Blackbushe Airport (BBS/EGLK)". Aviation Safety Network. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  3. 1 2 Ben Farmer, Martin Evans and David Millward (1 August 2015). "Bin Laden relatives reportedly killed in Hampshire plane crash". The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  4. 1 2 3 "Bin Laden family on Blackbushe Airport crash plane". BBC News. 1 August 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  5. "PlaneBase". planebase.biz. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  6. 1 2 3 "Bin Laden plane crash: Jet issued six warning alerts". BBC. 6 August 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  7. 1 2 "AAIB Bulletin S2/2015 SPECIAL" (PDF). Air Accidents Investigations Branch. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  8. "Bin Laden Relatives Die In Phenom Crash". AVweb. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  9. "Four Dead After Jet Crashes Into Car Auction". Sky News. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  10. "The AAIB has sent a team to Blackbushe Airport". Air Accidents Investigation Branch. Retrieved 31 July 2015.

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