Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Pilot dies after plane crashes into home with couple inside

Pilot dies after plane crashes into home with couple inside

A pilot who was killed after crashing a plane into a Utah home he owned Monday morning was arrested on a domestic violence charge hours before he piloted the aircraft into the building where his wife and adult son were staying, police said.

The pilot, Duane Youd, died.

Police in the city of Payson south of Salt Lake City tell KSL-TV that two people inside the home weren't hurt in the crash early Monday.

Investigators believe the plane belonged to Youd's employer and that he intentionally flew into his own house, Sandoval said.

The remnants of the plane.

Sgt. Noemi Sandoval from Payson PD said Youd was arrested around seven hours before the crash, on suspicion of assaulting his wife. The couple had gone to the canyon to talk over their problems, and reportedly had been drinking, according to Sandoval.

Duane Youd, 47, flew the plane into his home just hours after he was arrested for assaulting his wife, authorities said.

Jail records show Youd was booked into jail on Sunday for a domestic violence incident but was later released on bail.

He then requested an officer escort him to the home so he could pick up some belongings, and did so without incident.

"There was a significant fireball, so there's not a whole lot left of the plane itself", Sandoval said.

Within hours, Youd was taking off in the plane from Spanish Fork-Springville Airport, about 24km north of his house.

His wife and child escaped the house after the plane crashed into it.

"He is an experienced pilot, and he flew from Spanish Fork airport directly here into the home", Sandoval said.

Photos of the wreckage showed the white plane charred and in pieces in the front yard near an overturned and crushed vehicle. Most of the upscale house was still intact, but heavily burned on the front.

An image provided by KSTU shows the plane crash in Payson Canyon.

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