Feature Story                                                                                                                Monday April 30, 2012


Hang Glider Pilot Arrested

Burnaby man charged with obstruction of justice in death of 27-year-old woman at Mount Woodside

Released by Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth, Chilliwack RCMP UFVRD/Voice photos


William Johnathan Orders (L) waits with police officers at CGH before being taken to the Chilliwack RCMP detachment Saturday.


n April 28, 2012, shortly before noon, a 27-year-old woman died after she fell approximately 1000 feet after launching from Mount Woodside on a tandem hang-gliding flight.

Police, RCMP Air Services, Emergency Health Services, and Search and Rescue teams from Chilliwack and Kent-Harrison attended the scene and began an extensive search in a heavily wooded area for the woman who was later located in a logged area.


The pilot of the hang glider, William Johnathan Orders, 50 years old from Burnaby, was arrested after the incident and has now been formally charged with Obstructing Justice. The charge is related to the allegation that he withheld potential key evidence which could help determine whether he played a role in any wrong doing.

The Agassiz RCMP and the BC Coroner's Services are continuing their investigations.

"This is an absolutely tragic accident, there are really no other words to describe it," said Corporal Tammy Hollingsworth. "What exactly happened as far as why she fell is still under investigation and we are hoping the investigation will answer that question as well as other questions we all may have."



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