In 1988, Osama bin Laden's half brother, Salem, died in a plane crash
in Schertz, Texas, a suburb of San Antonio. Osama's father had also
died in a plane crash, two decades earlier.
"Before his death in a 1968 plane crash, Osama's father, Mohammed bin
Laden, made a fortune off construction contracts awarded by the Saudi
royal family. The $5 billion per year construction conglomerate, known
as the Binladin Group (the company uses another spelling of the name)
remains closely tied to the Saudi royal family.
After the death of Mohammed bin Laden, control of the company passed
to Salem bin Laden, Osama's half brother... Salem, for his part, owned
a house in Marble Falls, and died in a 1988 plane crash near San
"...Salem, the oldest brother of Osama, who was British-educated and
spoke fluent English, recalled Wayne Fagan, a former family lawyer and
friend of Salem. Fun-loving and gregarious, Salem wore jeans or slacks
when jetting around the world to run businesses on three continents
but switched to traditional white robes when in Saudi Arabia... An
avid pilot, Salem was killed in 1988 when his lightweight plane
crashed into power lines in San Antonio, Texas, where he occasionally
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"On May 29, 1988, they were called to the Kitty Hawk Field of Dreams
Ultra-Lite Flying Field on the edge of Schertz, a San Antonio suburb.
[Salem] Bin Laden had already been taken by ambulance to an Army
hospital in San Antonio, according to the police report. Officers
found the crumpled remains of a crashed ultralight.
No federal investigators came to the scene, Starr said. Federal
investigators do not review ultralight or glider crashes.
Salem bin Laden was not wearing a helmet and died of head injuries
from the fall, the Bexar County medical examiner concluded. The wind
was blowing about 30 mph, usually too strong to fly an ultralight."
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