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Officials estimate cost of St. George airport repairs

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 4 2015 2:27 p.m. MDT

An aerial view shows the St. George Municipal Airport Tuesday, July 17, 2012.  A SkyWest Airlines employee wanted in a murder case attempted to steal a passenger plane, then shot himself in the head after crashing the aircraft in a nearby parking lot, officials said Tuesday. Brian Hedglin, 40, scaled a razor wire fence at the St. George Municipal Airport early Tuesday, then boarded the 50-passenger SkyWest jet while the airport was closed, St. George city spokesman Marc Mortenson said.  (Jud Burkett, Jud Burkett, The Spectrum) An aerial view shows the St. George Municipal Airport Tuesday, July 17, 2012. A SkyWest Airlines employee wanted in a murder case attempted to steal a passenger plane, then shot himself in the head after crashing the aircraft in a nearby parking lot, officials said Tuesday. Brian Hedglin, 40, scaled a razor wire fence at the St. George Municipal Airport early Tuesday, then boarded the 50-passenger SkyWest jet while the airport was closed, St. George city spokesman Marc Mortenson said. (Jud Burkett, Jud Burkett, The Spectrum)

Officials say they're evaluating the cost of repairing the St. George airport after a pilot suspected in a Colorado homicide drove a plane into the parking lot and apparently killed himself. City spokesman Marc Mortensen said repairing a wall will cost about $62,000, and the cost of other repairs is still being determined. Mortensen says the damage could have been much worse because transformers were located near the plane. They weren't affected. Authorities say 40-year-old Brian Hedglin was on leave from his job as a SkyWest pilot when he scaled a razor wire-topped fence at the airport and got into the plane early Tuesday. It crashed in the parking lot before getting off the ground. Hedglin was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head.

— Associated Press

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