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Man Who Crashed Plane in Utah Wanted in Girlfriend’s Killing, SkyWest Source Says – ABC News

July 17, 2012
PHOTO: SkyWest Airlines plane

A SkyWest Airlines plane sits on the runway at St. George Municipal Airport in Utah, after an airline employee attempted to steal it, Tuesday, July 17, 2012. (Obtained by ABC News)

An airline captain who entered a small Utah airport early this morning and damaged a SkyWest Airlines jetliner, a terminal building and some parked vehicles had been sought by authorities in the death of his girlfriend.

Brian Joseph Hedglin, 40, of Colorado Springs, Colo., fatally shot himself while aboard the SkyWest aircraft, the St. George, Utah, Police Department said on its Facebook page today.

SkyWest confirmed today that the suspect had been an employee of the company but was on administrative leave.

A Federal Aviation Agency database confirmed that Hedglin was certified to fly commercially as a captain.

Hedglin drove his motorcycle to St. George Municipal Airport, hopped a fence at 12:30 a.m. M.T. and then boarded the SkyWest aircraft, according to authorities.

A source with the airline told ABC News that after starting the engines of a 50-seat regional jetliner, Hedglin clipped the wing of another aircraft and crashed through a fence as he taxied the plane. It wasn’t clear whether the plane ever got off the ground.



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