Hijacking description
Last updated: 21 April 2014
Status:Preliminary
Date:Tuesday 17 July 2012
Time:ca 01:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic CRJ2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadair CL-600-2B19 Regional Jet CRJ-200ER
Operator:Skywest Airlines
Registration: N865AS
C/n / msn: 7507
First flight: 2001
Engines: 2 General Electric CF34-3B1
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Saint George Municipal Airport, UT (SGU) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:Saint George Municipal Airport, UT (SGU), United States of America
Destination airport:-
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Narrative:
A CRJ-200 passenger jet was damaged when it ran into a parking lot after being stolen at night.
A commercial pilot wanted in connection with the killing of his girlfriend in Colorado Springs went up to the Saint George Municipal Airport, UT (SGU) gained access to the airfield by climbing over the barbed wire fence. He walked to a parked Skywest Airlines CRJ-200 and managed to board the plane and start the engines. A security guard saw the airplane starting to taxy. It reportedly struck part of the terminal building and ended up in a parking lot.
The pilot then shot himself once, killing himself inside the plane.

The CRJ200 involved had probably arrived at Saint George on Monday night at 22:36 on flight SKW7772 from Salt Lake City, UT and was staying overnight at Saint George.


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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