The trial date for a pilot accused in the hang-gliding death of a 27-year-old woman last spring has been set for October in Chilliwack, B.C.
John Orders is charged with criminal negligence causing death and obstruction of justice. He entered not-guilty pleas in provincial court in Chilliwack earlier today.
He was the pilot when passenger Lenami Godinez-Avila plunged 300 metres to her death last April, shortly after the pair took off from a mountainside.
Orders's lawyer, Jeff Campbell, says it has been a difficult case.
"It's been difficult for everyone involved, including Mr. Orders. It's been set down for trial about six months from now," he said.
"It's a complicated case, it's a serious case, and it's got serious consequences for everyone involved."
The obstruction of justice charge stems from Orders allegedly swallowing a memory card believed to contain a video of the fatal flight.
Last summer, an investigation by the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada said a failure to ensure the passenger was properly harnessed contributed to her death.
Orders has said he would not return to hang gliding.