Pilot killed when plane hits house in Payson


Authorities say a small plane has crashed into a house in Utah, killing the pilot.

Youd had been arrested by police in Payson, Utah, earlier on Sunday, after witnesses reported seeing him assault his wife.

He requested an officer escort to go to his home so he could get his truck and some belongings around midnight. The next thing police knew, the man had crashed a plane into his home after taking off from Spanish Fork Airport.

The plane narrowly missed crashing into power lines and other homes, according to police sergeant Noemi Sandoval, and images from the scene show wreckage of the white plane charred in pieces in the garden.

Just hours earlier, Youd had been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence after the couple chose to meet up to discuss their marital problems.

She added that police had previously been called to deal with similar incidents at the property.

Youd's wife and a child, both inside the house, survived and the house remained intact.

PHOTO: This photo provided by the Utah County Sheriff's Office shows Duane Youd.

Photos taken Monday show the two story home badly damaged by the impact of the plane and subsequent fire that ignited.

Youd's wife and her adult son were in the home at the time of the crash and escaped unharmed.

Photos of the wreckage showed the white plane charred and in pieces in the front yard, near an overturned and crushed auto.

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, Sandoval said. An airport employee who described himself as a "broken guy with a few screws loose,"stole a turboprop airplane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Friday night, casually chatted to ground control staff as he performed aerobatic stunts, and eventually slammed the aircraft into woodland near Seattle".