By Russ Niles, Editor-in-Chief
A Vancouver-area hang glider pilot and business owner has been arrested and criminally charged in connection with the death of one of his clients in a weekend accident. William Jonathan Orders, 50, of the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby, was charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly swallowing a memory card from a camera that was mounted on the aircraft to record the tandem flight. As we reported Monday, the woman, since identified as Lenami Dafne Godinez, 27, fell about 1,000 feet just after she and Orders launched from a mountain about 80 miles east of Vancouver.
Orders, an experienced pilot and instructor, owns Vancouver Hang Gliding, which, in addition to instruction, offers "hang gliding experience" flights to first-time flyers. Godinez and her boyfriend bought that package to celebrate an anniversary. She slipped from Orders' back and tried to cling to his feet before one of his shoes slipped off and she fell onto a logged-out area of the mountain. Police arrested him shortly after the incident and took him into custody, undoubtedly to see what passes....