In July, a man suspected of murdering his girlfriend stole a jet and crashed it in the airport parking lot before he committed suicide while on the plane. Now, surveillance video of the scene that unfolded in the parking lot at St. George Municipal Airport in Utah has been released.
SkyWest Airlines pilot Brian Hedglin was a suspect in the murder of his girlfriend Christina Cornejo from Colorado Springs in mid-July. A few days after the body of Cornejo was found by police, Hedglin, who was on administrative leave from the airline at the time, commandeered an empty 50-passenger jet and proceeded to drive it erratically on the tarmac.
Brian Hedglin, a murder suspect, stole a jet at a Utah airport in July before he committed suicide. (Photo: AP Photo/Colorado Springs Police Department)
A SkyWest regional jet sits on the tarmac on the opposite end of the St. George Municipal in July. (Photo: AP/The Spectrum, Jud Burkett)
ABC News reported that Hedglin damaged 14 rental cars, crashed into fences and light poles, and hit the side of a terminal building with the plane's left wing.
Aerial view of St. George Municipal Airport. (Photo: AP/The Spectrum, Jud Burkett)
Watch this ABC News report with surveillance footage of the incident, which was released Wednesday:
Hedglin unable to take off in the damaged plane was found on board with a fatal gunshot wound to the head that he inflicted upon himself.
"His left wing clipped the jet bridge probably making it inoperable," St. George city spokesman Marc Mortenson said at the time of the July 17 incident, according to ABC News.
Hedglin making it onto airport property by jumping a fence and his other actions raised airport security questions at the time. These security issues have continued to crop up with a separate incident involving a man walking onto the terminal at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in August.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.