Airlink crash: Civil aviation authority says investigation will continue for ‘some time’

2009-09-28 00:00

THE cause of last Thursday’s SA Airlink crash in Durban is not yet known and investigations are likely to continue for “some time”, according to Airlink.

In a series of updates released over the weekend, Airlink spokeswoman, Karin Murray, said that despite media reports that suggested that a preliminary report would be available on Saturday, it would in fact take “some time” before investigations could produce preliminary findings on the cause of the crash of the Airlink craft.

Murray said Airlink would remain in close contact with the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) and would provide an update as soon as an interim result was obtained from the flight data recorders.

The 29-seater aircraft, a Jetstream 41, crashed shortly after take-off from Durban International Airport and landed on Merebank Secondary School grounds. All three of the flight crew were injured, as well as a bystander.

In yesterday’s update, Airlink reported that Captain Alistair Freeman was improving after extensive surgery on Friday. Although still considered critical, his condition remains stable and is improving, it said. “He is now conscious and responding to family members, although due to his facial injures is unable to talk.” Additional operations are being plan-ned for this week.

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