Vancouver woman dies in hang-gliding accident 0
Equipment failure or pilot error may have contributed to a 27-year-old Vancouver woman's death Saturday when she fell 300 metres from a hang-glider, according to Canada's hang-gliding regulators.
BC Coroners Service said Lenami Dafne Godinez was attempting her first hang-gliding flight, in tandem with an instructor, when "something went wrong and Godinez was witnessed falling from the glider to the ground below."
The accident occurred almost immediately after takeoff at 1:00 p.m. from Agassiz's Mount Woodside, in Harrison Mills - a popular location for hang-gliding in the Fraser Valley.
"It happened within less than 30 seconds. (The pilot) knew just after takeoff something was wrong. She was holding on, grabbing the bar. Everything was different," said Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association's Jason Warner.
Although her boyfriend filmed the incident, HPAC investigators could not determine the cause from the footage. She fell into a logged-out clearing. By 7:30 p.m. Saturday, her body was recovered.
First responders determined she died on scene.
"In terms of safety, we're going to be looking at all the standards of practices of the pilots. We're in the midst of making a standardized safety practice that everybody will agree on - now that it's been pushed to the forefront," Warner said.
Warner said it's the first time this type of fall has happened in Canada. The name of the company involved has not been released.
The body has been transferred to the BC Coroners Service, which is continuing its investigation into the death in conjunction with the RCMP.
RCMP Sgt. Mark Pelz said there's no current criminal investigation.