Pilot Crashes Plane Into Own House In Attempt To Kill Wife And Son

Posted On : August 19, 2018

Plane crashes into house, pilot dies

Authorities say a pilot crashed a plane into his own house in Utah in an attempt to kill his wife and her son. The pilot died, but the woman and her young child escaped unhurt. The wreck happened the day after he was arrested for domestic violence.

Posted by ABC FOX Montana on Monday, August 13, 2018

PAYSON, UTAH — After a domestic violence arrest, this man decided to take it a step further…by becoming a kamikaze. But, fortunately for the wife and child, his plan only half-worked.

CNN reports a professional pilot — Duane Youd — died after flying a Cessna 525 Citation Jet into his home. According to the source, his wife and son were home during early Monday, hours after he was arrested for a domestic violence incident.

However, the woman and child survived the incident. Youd reportedly did not.


According to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, they received various calls about a possible domestic violence situation between Duane Youd and his wife, Sandy, on Sunday night.

Payson Police Department spokeswoman Sergeant Noemi Sandoval mentions as follows.

“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.”

So, Youd was arrested. However, Monday morning, he also posted bail between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m.

Reportedly, Youd asked if he could go back home and pick up some of his stuff. The source states he was escorted by an officer to the residence. Once he got his things, Youd left the home in his vehicle, authorities state.

After leaving the residence, Sandoval says he apparently drove to a location housing the plane. Then, approximately at 2:30 a.m., Payson authorities received a call stating a plane had crashed into Youd’s home.


As aformentioned, Youd was a professional pilot. According to Sandoval, he flew for construction company VanCon.

Likewise, nobody knew the plane like Youd, because he was the only person who flew it.

ABC News reports that Youd’s biological children weren’t at the residence because he called them prior to the incident and advised them to “go stay at their mother’s house.” Accordingly, they did leave — resulting in Youd’s wife and son as the only persons left at the residence.

Slade Buhler, one of the neighbors who heard the crash, told KTVX he’d heard the plane circling the neighborhood around 2:30 a.m. To the source, he mentioned as follows.

“It just got lower and lower. I said ‘Oh my gosh it’s going to hit the mountain. It’s going to hit the mountain. It’s getting lower.’ You can just see it getting lower. All of a sudden a huge ball of orange fire. I couldn’t believe it.”

As you’ll see from the following video, flames engulfed the house. Included in local reports is video by Eric Ortega, who captured footage of the flaming aftermath. Ortega lives about a block away.

According to public records, Youd and his wife had just purchased the home last year. The source confirmed, by Payson police, there have been previous domestic violence incidents at the residence.

If you’re interested in local coverage of the incident, check the video below.

All in all, what are your thoughts about this situation? Domestic violence is a serious matter; and if not handled, it can escalate into this type of scenario — a crime of passion.

Luckily, the wife and child didn’t fall victim to Youd’s sinister plan. If you have any comments, feel free to share them via our Facebook page.

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