Plane crashes into house; pilot dies

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Public records indicate Youd lives with his wife at the home where the plane crashed and that the couple bought the home past year. "They were able to get out of the home without any injuries". The wife and boy escaped safely, but the pilot, 47-year-old Duane Youd, did not survive. "Obviously they were very shook up over what had happened but they weren't physically injured".

Video taken by a neighbor showed flames coming out of the house and people watching from a distance.

Duane Youd, from Utah, is believed to have stolen the propeller plane from his employer before embarking on an apparent suicide mission to kill his partner.

"There were two individuals in the home at the time that the plane went in", Sandoval said.

The plane belonged to a company for which Youd flew, the sergeant said, and the motive remained uncertain.

The crash came after Youd was arrested on Sunday evening after witnesses called police to report he was assaulting his wife, Utah County Sheriff's Sergeant Spencer Cannon said. From there, he set off for nearby Spanish Fork-Springville Airport, commandeered a plane and took off for home.

This frame from video shows the scene of a small plane that crashed into a house in Payson Utah on Monday Aug 13 2018. Authorities said the pilot
This frame from video shows the scene of a small plane that crashed into a house in Payson Utah on Monday Aug 13 2018. Authorities said the pilot

"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, adding that the incident "could have been so much worse than what it was".

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

Investigators are still on the scene and the investigation is ongoing. Payson Police confirm there have been previous domestic violence incidents at the home.

The crash caused a "huge" fire and caused considerable damage to the home, officials said.

Youd was sentenced to six months of marriage and family counseling sessions as part of a plea deal.

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