Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Canadian Hang Gliding Pilot Swallows Memory Card After Fatal Hang Gliding Accident
ABCnews.com ^ | May 3 2012 | Christina Ng

Posted on 05/12/2012 12:21:17 PM PDT by billorites

A Canadian hang gliding pilot whose passenger plummeted 1,000 feet to her death is in police custody until a video camera memory card he swallowed passes through his digestive system.

William Jon Orders, 50, has been charged with obstructing justice after allegedly swallowing the card from the video camera that was attached to the hang glider.

Authorities believe the card may hold evidence that could show what happened when Orders' passenger, Lenami Godinez-Avila, 27, fell shortly after the two were launched from Mount Woodside in British Columbia on a tandem hang-gliding flight on Saturday.

Godinez-Avila's body was later found in a heavily wooded area, police said.

"There have been a series of x-rays taken," Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) told reporters. "We have confirmed, so we're just kind of in the waiting process here."

She said the x-rays show that the card is "still inside."

"We've equated it about the size to our Canadian loonie dollar coin," Constable Tracy Wolbeck of the RCMP told ABCNews.com today. "It's not a big thing. It's a small little memory card that fits into [the] camera."

A Canadian loonie is slightly larger than an American quarter.

Wolbeck said that Orders "advised police that he had swallowed the card," but said that police cannot say anything else about conversations they have had with him because the investigation is ongoing.

"The circumstances surrounding the situation are very unique," she said. "We are working diligently so that we can find answers for the family."

Margit Nance, the executive director of the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada, said that Orders was a fully certified instructor and tandem pilot who had been flying for 16 years. She said that all of his training was "completely up-to-date."

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Canada
KEYWORDS: godinezavila; hanggliding; lenamigodinezavila; williamjonorders

1 posted on 05/12/2012 12:21:25 PM PDT by billorites
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: billorites
"The circumstances surrounding the situation are very unique," she said.

As opposed to merely 'unique'?

2 posted on 05/12/2012 12:26:22 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: billorites

Well, if he’s guilty of something, wonder why he squealed that he had swallowed the card? Police probably would have suspected he threw it away from altitude in the glider and they’d have a hard time finding it. I guess he must have felt her up or something. Whatever.


3 posted on 05/12/2012 12:28:28 PM PDT by izzatzo (Just beat Obama.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zeppo

Have those police run out of things to do? Are there no jay-walkers they could “investigate”?


4 posted on 05/12/2012 12:31:33 PM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: billorites

We would of course need a picture of the victim to help determine guilt (or innocence)


5 posted on 05/12/2012 12:41:56 PM PDT by Larry381 ("Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: izzatzo
Perhaps he missed the pre-takeoff checklist item “Check passenger safety belt”?

Losing your passenger at altitude is not a sign of a good pilot.../S

6 posted on 05/12/2012 12:48:37 PM PDT by az_gila
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Zeppo

Maybe the spokesperson didn’t want to go all the way and say “very suspicious”.


7 posted on 05/12/2012 12:50:40 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: az_gila

Yep, most likely.


8 posted on 05/12/2012 12:52:20 PM PDT by izzatzo (Just beat Obama.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: az_gila

Let’s not rush to judgement..possibly, she “unhooked” herself?


9 posted on 05/12/2012 12:53:47 PM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: billorites

I was thinking to do this over a lake after launching from a water ski. How safe is hang gliding for a newbie?


10 posted on 05/12/2012 12:54:17 PM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hostage

Your odds are good...


11 posted on 05/12/2012 12:56:53 PM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Zeppo
As opposed to merely 'unique'?

Good question. Things are unique and uniquer? Maybe tres unique?

12 posted on 05/12/2012 12:57:58 PM PDT by Ole Okie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Minutemen

A persons life is a little more important than jaywalkers.


13 posted on 05/12/2012 1:16:18 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: billorites

Well, one could say that she was a fallen woman.


14 posted on 05/12/2012 1:19:06 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Minutemen

Then why swallow evidence to that effect?


15 posted on 05/12/2012 1:19:45 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Minutemen

Pretty much impossible to do without the cooperation of the tandem pilot. You would have to climb into the control bar thereby releasing the tension on the hang strap, then unhook and drop.

She fell out of her harness. Likely the tandem pilot did not check to make sure the leg loops were around her legs. Even solo pilots have made this mistake. They have also failed to even hook into the glider before launch. Hang gliding is not very forgiving of such inattention.


16 posted on 05/12/2012 1:20:10 PM PDT by HerrBlucher
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Hostage

She was a passenger on a tandem flight, she had no control over the glider. The tandem pilot blew it with the pre flight of her harness. Very sad story.


17 posted on 05/12/2012 1:22:15 PM PDT by HerrBlucher
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: izzatzo

The in flight camera is usually attached somewhere on the wing leading edge, not accesible in flight. However, he certainly could have landed, pulled the card and buried it or smashed it. Pretty lousy of him to swallow it, I guess guilt got to him and he squealed.....or maybe a little pressure from the police investigators?

He blew it and needs to take full responsiblity. This would be an awful thing to live with in so many ways.


18 posted on 05/12/2012 1:26:24 PM PDT by HerrBlucher
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: izzatzo

True.He could have made up some other excuse...anything from “I never turned the camera on in the first place” to “I pulled it out of the camera to preserve it and it fell”.


19 posted on 05/12/2012 1:28:31 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Julia: another casualty of the "War on Poverty")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Larry381
We would of course need a picture of the victim to help determine guilt (or innocence)

The victim is dead. Show some sensitivity and quit acting like an ignorant juvenile.

20 posted on 05/12/2012 1:39:07 PM PDT by Isabel C.
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: billorites

From the headline I was wondering how he swallowed the card AFTER he died. I was thinking “Maybe he had it in his mouth and swallowed it when he hit the ground.”


21 posted on 05/12/2012 1:40:59 PM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." Peter Griffin - FAMILY GUY)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: skr

Do you really think he was filming her free fall?


22 posted on 05/12/2012 1:43:53 PM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Zeppo

Very unique?

Joining the mile high club via hang glider is indeed very dangerous?


23 posted on 05/12/2012 1:49:17 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascist info....http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: HerrBlucher

It will be hard to live with, knowing you might have been at least partially responsible for a deadly accident through negligence.


24 posted on 05/12/2012 1:52:38 PM PDT by izzatzo (Just beat Obama.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Larry381

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/05/06/hang-gliding-accident/

Here is a photo of the woman who fell. No way was she strapped in right


25 posted on 05/12/2012 1:59:47 PM PDT by dennisw
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: billorites

Not pleasant to contemplate, but the possibility exists of something up between him and the boyfriend involving money.


26 posted on 05/12/2012 2:03:45 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: billorites

Are you Sh!tt!ng Me?


27 posted on 05/12/2012 2:04:48 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (I hate pragmatists!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: dennisw

That National Post account was so creepy I won’t be able to sleep tonight.


28 posted on 05/12/2012 2:50:29 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: billorites

I’m willing to presume him guilty based upon his conduct. Of course, if he was incompetent in his hang gliding as he was in his attempted cover-up, the result is somewhat understandable.


29 posted on 05/12/2012 3:39:45 PM PDT by PAR35
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: billorites; All
The waiting period for the card has . . . um . . . ' passed.'

Police recover swallowed evidence from pilot in fatal hang-gliding accident

No news yet, except the awkwardly worded phrase: "We have processes in place to extract what is on the card.”

30 posted on 05/12/2012 3:40:12 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: billorites

If it’s evidence why wait for it to pass. Cut it out of him.


31 posted on 05/12/2012 3:48:23 PM PDT by TruthBeforeAll (To a liberal any Gov. program that is an utter failure is only so because there's not enough of it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Scoutmaster
...the awkwardly worded phrase: "We have processes in place to extract what is on the card.”


I appreciate dirty pictures, but this is ridiculous.


32 posted on 05/12/2012 3:52:42 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: billorites

This story is hard to swallow.


33 posted on 05/12/2012 4:39:28 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: billorites

I wonder how much he’d charge to take Pelosi up.


34 posted on 05/12/2012 4:47:50 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hostage
How safe is hang gliding for a newbie?

It's not safe. Hang glider owners have about 10 times the fatality rate of motorcycle owners. The survivors usually have interesting stories about broken bones and hospital stays. To the old saying "there are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but are no old bold pilots" add "there are poor lawyers and there are wealthy lawyers, but there are no wealthy hang glider instructors".

35 posted on 05/12/2012 5:45:46 PM PDT by Reeses
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson