Man Steals Plane, Crashes It Into His Own Home
A Utah man died Monday after intentionally flying a Cessna 525 Citation Jet into his home. The man’s wife and her son were inside the home at the time of the crash but survived.
According to CNN, 47-year-old Duane Youd, the pilot of the plane, had been arrested hours earlier by police in American Fork Canyon, located 35 miles south of Salt Lake City on suspicion of domestic assault.
“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,” said Payson Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Noemi Sandoval.
However, Youd was released on bail around 1 a.m. at which time he went back to his home, picked up his belongings, got in his car, and left for the airport. Youd, who was the only person inside the plane, subsequently crashed the aircraft into the home an hour later.
“[The plane] just got lower and lower,” neighbor Slade Buhler told Good 4 Utah. “All of a sudden a huge ball of orange fire. I couldn't believe it.”
Youd’s other children were not inside the home, which he owned with his wife. ABC reported that he called his children prior to the crash to tell them to “go stay at their mother's house” instead, which they did.
According to Sandoval, Youd was a licensed pilot who flew professionally for a construction company, which is listed as the owner of the plane. The National Transportation Safety Board is assisting with the investigation.