A committal hearing has begun in Alice Springs for a helicopter pilot facing charges after a Canadian woman died from burns six years ago in Central Australia.
Edward John Woodhouse Lee is charged with two counts of doing an act causing death while intoxicated.
The prosecution alleges during a party at Kings Creek Station, where Lee was working, he lit a makeshift lantern with aviation gas.
The court heard the fuel ended up on 29-year-old Cynthia Ching, who was on a working holiday at the station.
She died about six weeks later in the Royal Adelaide Hospital from complications related to the burns.
The court also heard Lee’s employers did not think alcohol was a factor.
One of them described it as a freak accident.
The hearing continues.