South African carrier Airlink has announced that the pilot of the British Aerospace Jetstream 41 which crashed in Durban two week ago has died.

The crew of three - the only occupants on board the positioning flight - had survived the initial accident, but the captain was critically injured and his condition had deteriorated in the past few days.

Airlink says the pilot, who joined the carrier in June last year as a first officer before achieving command, will be recognised "for the role he played in averting what could otherwise have been a far worse accident".

South Africa's Civil Aviation Authority is still investigating the 24 September crash. The aircraft suffered engine failure on take-off but came down after power in the remaining engine was reduced. The reasons for this reduction are still being studied.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news