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Officials: Pilot crashed plane into own home after domestic violence incident

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PAYSON, Utah (News4Utah) A Utah pilot is dead after crashing a plane into his Payson home one day after being arrested for a domestic violence incident.

Youd was booked into jail after 9 p.m. Sunday. He was released on bail around 12:30 a.m. and then crashed the plane around 2:30 a.m.

Investigators said Youd’s wife and a young man were inside the home at 584 East Canyon Road in Payson at the time of the crash. Police believe Youd intentionally targeted his own house in final deadly act of domestic violence.

Slade Buhler told News4Utah he heard the Cessna 525 circling his neighborhood around 2:30 Monday morning.

“It just got lower and lower. I said ‘Oh my gosh it’s going to hit the mountain. It’s going to hit the mountain. It’s getting lower’ You can just see it getting lower. All of the sudden a huge ball of orange fire. I couldn’t believe it. I went ‘Ohhh’ so I ran in and I called 911,” said Buhler.

TIIMELINE

  • 9:30 p.m. (Sunday) Youd booked into jail
  • 12:30 a.m. Released on Bail
  • 2:30 a.m. Crashes plane into house

Then he recorded dramatic video obtained by Gephardt Daily. Veteran pilot Duane Youd had flown the plane directly into the front of his own home and died on impact.

 “The pilot was deceased and at that time the front of the home was fully engulfed so there was no aid that could be given to the pilot,” Sgt. Noemi Sandoval.

 On Sunday evening, Youd had been arrested for a domestic violence incident in American Fork Canyon.

 “Witnesses called in to dispatch reporting that they saw him assaulting his wife. Punching her, things like that. Utah County Sheriff’s Office arrived to the area, did their investigation, took him into custody for that and he was booked into the Utah County Jail,” said Sgt. Sandoval.

Youd bailed out and around midnight returned to the house with an officer to pick up some possessions before heading to Spanish Fork Airport and taking off in the plane he flew for a construction company which he used in a kamikaze style attack, apparently targeting his wife and her adult son who were inside the house.

“Couple of people who were in the home were able to exit the home without any injury. They were obviously shaken up over what had just happened,” said Sgt. Sandoval.

 “All I know is how lucky we are that it wasn’t worse. It’s bad enough that we had property damage and we have one person that unfortunately lost their lives, but we could have had a couple more people that were in the home and certainly with the amount of fire that was generated by the impact, it could have spread to other homes or you know further on up the canyon, “ said Sgt. Sandoval.

If you or someone you know is in a dangerous, domestic situation there is free and confidential help. Support for victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence is available 24/7: 1-800-897-LINK (5465) or at udvc.org
If you or someone else is in immediate danger, or in an emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

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