Ballina detectives are renewing their appeal for witnesses to an aircraft crash near Knockrow last week, after the pilot died in hospital last night.
Ian Byrne, 73, of Ballina, was flying over a private airstrip at Martins Lane around 9am on Monday 6 October, when his aircraft’s engine appeared to stall before crashing to the ground
Mr Byrne, the sole occupant of the aircraft, suffered multiple injuries and was airlifted to Gold Coast Hospital where he died last night.
Investigators from Recreational Aviation Australia are trying to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the crash.
Police will prepare a report for the Coroner.
Police say investigators have received conflicting information to date and continue to appeal for further witnesses to come forward.
They are urging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.