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Video shows stolen jet’s path across St. George airport


Police this week released surveillance video from July’s accident involving a SkyWest pilot who stole a CRJ200 regional jet in St. George, Utah, before killing himself. Joseph Hedglin was wanted in connection with his girlfriend’s murder and the airline had put him on administrative leave. The video shows a figure crossing part of the airport ramp, apparently after jumping a barbed-wire fence; another camera view shows the aircraft at the gate, with a figure running up to it and reaching underneath, likely to remove wheel chocks. After getting in and starting the plane, the video shows that Hedglin used the plane’s thrust reversers to back it away from the gate before taxiing forward. But the plane’s left wing clipped the jetway and part of the terminal building. As it sped up, the plane appeared to careen through a fence and across a landscaped area before coming to a stop in a parking lot. Officials found Hedglin dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound with the plane’s engines still running.