Memory card may hold info about fatal B.C. hang-gliding flight
RCMP previously said card allegedly swallowed by pilot Jon Orders provided no useful images
The RCMP say they have been able to view the contents of a memory card allegedly swallowed by the pilot of a fatal tandem hang-glider flight, but they won't reveal what it shows until the upcoming trial.
"The data on the video card was viewed by the Agassiz Serious Crime unit," said a statement issued by the RCMP on Thursday.
Earlier this year, the RCMP reported that no useful images were recovered from the memory card, but the police statement issued on Thursday appears to indicate that might not be the case.
"We are not in a position to discuss the content of the information that has been retrieved from the card as this is evidence that could potentially be before the court," said Const. Tracy Wolbeck.
On Wednesday, the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada issued a report alleging that pilot Jon Orders had failed to ensure the harness of his passenger Lenami Godinez-Avila, 27, was secure prior to takeoff.
Godinez-Avila plunged 300 metres to her death moments after the hang-glider took off from the mountainside in B.C.'s Fraser Valley, just east of Vancouver, on April 28.
Pilot error blamed by association
The association said its investigation has ruled out any possibility of equipment failure in the tragedy, and the findings were based on witness statements and evidence held by the RCMP.
Orders is expected to appear in a Chilliwack, B.C., court next April on charges of obstructing justice for allegedly swallowing the memory card from a camera that he may have used to film the flight.
He was held in custody for several days following the incident while the police waited for the card to pass through his system.