Utah Man Steals a Plane and Crashes it Into His Own Home With His Wife and Child Inside
UTAH — August 14, 2018
47-year-old Duane Youd was pronounced dead on the scene. His wife and child escaped safely. According to the police report, the crash came hours after Youd was involved in a domestic violence incident and booked into the Utah County Jail on Sunday evening.
Then, as Sgt. Noemi Sandoval of the Payson Police Department said later, Youd made bail Sunday night and returned to his home after midnight local time with an officer to gather belongings and his truck. However, he later ran onto the landing strip near his house and stole a plane which belonged to the company where Youd works.
Shortly afterward, at around 2:30 a.m. Monday, he flew the twin-engine Cessna 525 into his house.
"But he is an experienced pilot, and he flew from Spanish Fork Airport directly here into the home," Sandoval said.
Youd clipped a shed during his descent into the home, which police believe may have altered his trajectory.
"We don't know what his ultimate goal was, whether he meant to hit it low like he did or whether he meant to hit it higher," Sandoval said. "But it could have been so much worse than what it was."
The plane was partially logged inside the home when the police arrived at the scene.
"The house was fully engulfed, so there really wasn't the ability to render any aid to the pilot," Sandoval said. "It was a miracle that his family could exit the damaged house safely."
Sunday was the second time Youd was arrested on domestic violence charges in the past year, Sandoval said. Witnesses repeatedly told police they saw Youd assault his wife before the Utah County Sheriff's Office took him into custody.