A Payson, Utah, man flew a small plane into his own house early Monday just hours after he had been arrested for assaulting his wife when the couple went to talk over their problems, authorities said. The pilot, Duane Youd, died. His wife and a child who were in the home survived despite the front part the two-story house being engulfed in flames, Payson police Sgt. Noemi Sandoval said.
Investigators believe the twin-engine Cessna 525 belonged to Youd’s employer and that he intentionally flew into his own house. Sandoval said he was an experienced pilot. It wasn’t immediately clear who employed Youd or whether he was authorized to take the plane.