There is no way the theft a commercial jet can end well. Anyone who followed the story in St. George, Utah in July knows it ends in tragedy. In fact the attempted theft of a commercial jet plane was the first I had ever heard of.
Brian Joseph Hedglin is a rogue pilot and his attempted theft truly is unprecedented in modern aviation history. This as reported in the Denver Post.
The SkyWest pilot, suspected of murdering a former girlfriend in Colorado Springs last week, sneaked aboard the empty 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet 200 just before 1 a.m., started its engines, scraped the terminal building with the left wing, then crashed into several vehicles in the airport parking lot before coming to a stop. He then committed suicide.
Hedglin was placed on administrative leave Friday after the airline was contacted by Colorado Springs police about the slaying.
Shortly after midnight Hedglin drove a motorcycle up to a security fence. He donned a pair of leather gloves and threw a blanket over the razor-wire fence before climbing over it.
Interestingly, it turns out that stealing an airplane easy. Once you get into the airplane, there's no key required to start the engines.
Is this something Homeland Security needs to look into?
The St. George airport is lightly guarded and closed at night. From 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., one St. George police officer patrols the six-mile perimeter. The officer noticed something was awry when he found the motorcycle parked near the southeast fence, the engine still warm.
Hedglin was the prime suspect in the murder of 39-year-old Christina Cornejo, who was stabbed to death. Police clarified that they found her body in Hedglin's home despite a restraining order and charges against Hedglin stemming from domestic-violence allegations.
A tragic end to two lives and we never will know all that was involved. Perhaps drugs and alcohol were to blame.