Pilot dies after plane crashes into home with couple inside

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 14, 2018

A man died after crashing a plane into his own home in the USA state of Utah, just hours after he was arrested for domestic violence. His wife and a child who were in the home survived despite the front part the two-storey house being engulfed in flames, Payson police Sergeant Noemi Sandoval said.

Youd was arrested on Sunday at around 7:30 p.m., police told Fox13, after he got into a domestic dispute with his wife.

Duane Youd flew a small plane into his own house.

He was held in a local jail for several hours and then released on bail.

The plane wreckage outside the home in Payson, Utah.

"They had been drinking and an argument broke out and he started hitting her and some witnesses called in to police to say a guy was hitting a woman", Sandoval said on Monday.

Officials said it appeared the man, identified by relatives as Duane Youd, appeared to have crashed the plane intentionally, according to FOX13 Salt Lake City.

PHOTO: In this frame from video, emergency personnel work at the scene of a small plane that crashed into a house in Payson, Utah, Aug 13, 2018.

Just hours later, Youd took off from nearby Spanish Fork-Springville Airport and navigated the stolen aircraft in the direction of his neighbourhood, 15 miles away.

He flew directly to his neighborhood and smashed into his house, Sandoval said.

Most of the home was still intact but the front was badly damaged from the impact and resulting fire. Youd and his wife bought the 2,700 square foot house valued at almost $400,000, in 2016 in a quiet subdivision of new homes near the foothills, county property records show.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

Police had responded one previous time to the house on a domestic violence incident, Sgt Sandoval said.

Youd's suicidal deathcharge was the second such incident in recent days.

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