Authorities in Colorado and Utah have confirmed that a Skywest Airlines employee, who is listed on the FAA database as an ATP with a type rating on CRJ regional jets, shot himself aboard one of the airline's aircraft after taxiing it erratically around St. George Airport in Utah, heavily damaging it. Bryan Joseph Hedglin was wanted in connection with the murder of his former girlfriend in Colorado. According to the FBI, he hopped a fence at the airport about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, got aboard the aircraft and was able to start at least one of the engines. He did not take off. He ran through a fence, ripping off much of the left wing before taking his own life.
Photos show the aircraft sitting on a flatbed trailer with its gear retracted and the damage to the left wing. Hedglin was a suspect in the stabbing of 39-year-old girlfriend Christina Lopez Cornejo. Her body was found in a Colorado Springs house on Friday. She and Hedglin were both in the Colorado National Guard. Skywest confirmed that Hedglin was an employee and on administrative leave.