Murder Suspect Stole A Plane, Crashed It, And Killed Himself

This is insane. A 40-year-old pilot accused of killing his girlfriend broke into a Utah airport early Tuesday morning. He stole an empty plane, crashed it into the parking lot, and shot himself.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Officials say a man wanted in connection with a Colorado murder attempted to steal a plane from a small southern Utah airport then killed himself.


St. George city spokesman Marc Mortenson says 40-year-old Brian Hedglin, a SkyWest Airlines employee, scaled a razor wire fence at the St. George Municipal Airport early Tuesday then boarded a SkyWest jet while the airport was closed.


Mortenson says Hedglin crashed the plane into some cars in a parking lot. He says a police officer then found the man inside the plane with a gunshot wound to his head.


Hedglin was wanted in connection with the death of Christina Cornejo in Colorado Springs. Her body was found Friday by police doing a welfare check at the request of her family and her death has been ruled a homicide.