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UK: Four killed as Saudi-registered private jet crashes in Hampshire


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During an attempt to land at Blackbushe Airport in Yateley, a Saudi-registered private jet - which was arriving from Italy – crashed  at a car auction site in Hampshire  killing four people on Friday, according to BBC.

According to reports, the pilot and all three passengers were killed but no-one on the ground was injured, Hampshire Constabulary said.

BBC cited an eyewitness as saying the Phenom 300 jet exploded on impact at the British Car Auctions site, which is based at the airfield. In a statement, Blackbushe Airport said the jet crashed near the end of the runway while attempting to make a landing.

The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation it was a Saudi-registered private aircraft and that it would supportthe Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) in its investigation.

A spokeswoman for Milan Malpensa Airport reportedly  confirmed the plane had left at 13:30 BST on its way to Hampshire.