Police say a man intentionally crashed his plane into a home Monday in Payson after a domestic violence arrest Sunday.
Investigators report Duane Youd, 47, was killed after he flew a Cessna 525 fixed wing business jet into his house near 600 E. Canyon Road in Payson early Monday morning.
His wife and step-son who were in the home at the time of the crash were shaken but uninjured, according to Sgt. Noemi Sandoval with the Payson Police Department.
“This was a very unexpected thing,” his teenage son Parker Youd said. “None of us saw this coming.”
Before flying the plane into his home, Duane Youd was arrested by Utah County Sheriff’s Deputies on Sunday around 7:30 p.m. on suspicion of domestic violence against his wife.
He was released late Sunday night after posting bail and signing an agreement to not contact his wife. The agreement stated that Youd would need to contact the Payson Police Department to retrieve any items from his home.
At 12:45 a.m. Monday, Youd was escorted to his home in Payson by a Payson Police officer, where he picked up his truck, clothes and other items.
Sandoval said the officer who escorted him saw no signs of problems with Youd — no agitated behavior or any behavior that would cause concern.
A few hours later at 2:38 a.m., police received reports that a plane had crashed into the side of a mountain. The same officer who had escorted Youd responded and reported that the plane had crashed into the home.
Investigators are still determining why Youd decided to crash the plane into his home. Youd was the only occupant in the plane at the time.
“We believe his crashing into the home was deliberate,” Sandoval said.
Police say Youd took off from the Spanish Fork Airport and flew south directly to the home.
The plane flew between two houses and underneath low hanging power lines across the street from his home. The left wing clipped the roof of a garage of one of the houses. The plane then hit a car that was parked in front of the home before crashing into the yard and the home. Police say the car took the brunt of the impact from the crash.
“I believe if the car wasn’t there, it would have gone further into the house,” Sandoval said.
The plane caught fire and flames did irreparable and extensive damage to the home, she added.
The plane is owned by VanCon Construction in Springville, where Youd was reportedly working as a pilot for the company, Sandoval said.
His daughter, Joslyn Youd, gathered with other family members outside the home Monday morning before speaking to members of the media.
“Absolutely anyone that you talk to that knew him would tell you that he was an amazing man and would do absolutely anything for anyone,” the 21-year-old daughter said through tears. “I feel very, very, very, very blessed to be able to call him my father.”
Her father loved to fly, she remembered. The last time she saw him was two weeks ago when the family took a boating trip to Sand Hollow State Park in southern Utah.
“I did go flying with him many times,” Joslyn Youd said. “He loved what he did and that’s why he always kept it a part of his life.”
One of the last people Duane Youd spoke to before intentionally crashing a plane into a house near Payson Canyon was his teenage son, Parker Youd.
“He said, ‘I love you, good luck. I’ll see you tomorrow,’” the 17-year-old remembered. “I said, ‘I love you, too,’ and then he just drove away.”
According to police, Youd has had previous domestic violence arrests in the past year.
“He was in a lot of pain. He was hurting,” Joslyn Youd recalled, adding that she believed his marriage was suffering.
Parker Youd said he believed his step-mother was unfaithful, and that his father had recently found out about the cheating.
“He stayed with her and tried to make things work because of how much he loved her,” Joslyn Youd said. “But it was only a one-sided relationship and that took a toll on him.”
Both hoped their father would be remembered as “hardworking” and a “great guy,” someone who “would’ve helped anybody out with anything.”
“I just think about all the things that I’m going to miss with him and he’s going to miss as I grow older,” Parker Youd said. “I’m just going to miss having my dad.”