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Glider pilot charged with obstruction

A man who piloted the hang glider from which a Vancouver woman fell to her death has been charged with obstructing justice over allegations he withheld evidence in her death.

RCMP Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth says 50-year-old William Orders is accused of withholding potential evidence that could help determine whether he played a role in any wrongdoing.

Orders told witnesses after Saturday's incident that he tried desperately to hold on to the woman shortly after the hang glider set off over the Fraser Valley.

Twenty-seven-year-old Lenami Godinez was killed when she fell about 300 metres from the glider seconds after it took off from Mount Woodside.

Godinez and her boyfriend bought the hang-gliding experience to celebrate their anniversary and her boyfriend was waiting for his turn when he saw the young woman fall.

Hollingsworth says Orders is being held in custody until he faces the charge in court on May 2.

The Canadian Press

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