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Fugitive tries to steal plane, commits suicide at Utah airport

Posted at 4:24 PM, Jul 17, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-17 17:23:08-04

ST. GEORGE, Utah (KSTU) - A wanted fugitive committed suicide after a failed attempt at stealing a SkyWest Airlines plane from the St. George Municipal Airport.

A representative for St. George City said Brian Hedglin gained access to the tarmac by placing a rug over the razor wire fence at the airport’s perimeter. Hedglin then got inside a plane, taxied it away from a jet bridge and clipped the jet bridge with the aircraft’s left wing. [RELATED: Fugitive tried to steal plane at Utah airport]

Hedglin then taxied the plane to the south side of the airport, once again clipping the left wing against a terminal building. Hedglin taxied the plane through a fence, over some landscaping and onto an access road. The plane stopped on the east side of the terminal building.

Sources confirmed that Hedglin was a captain with SkyWest Airlines. He was on administrative leave at the time of incident.

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