He didn’t survive the crash
A Utah husband and father crashed a plane into his own house after being arrested for domestic violence. He died in the crash, which happened mere hours after his arrest.
According to NY Daily News, the crash took place just before 3:00 AM after Duane Youd was arrested the night before around 7:30. When the plane hit the house, it created a “significant fireball.”
Youd’s wife and stepson were inside when the plane, a Cessna 525 fixed wing business jet that he had access to but didn’t own, hit the home. Daily Herald reports that neither were injured, but were both left shaken. His teen son, Parker Youd, says “This was a very unexpected thing. None of us saw this coming.”
Around 12:45 am, Youd was escorted to his home by police to retrieve his belongings including his truck. His domestic violence arrest was for matters involving his wife and when released on bail, Youd was told he would need to contact police in order to visit their home. He was not to contact his wife. Police believe the crash was deliberate.
Another look from @KSLChopper5 above the scene where a small plane crashed into a house in Payson, UT. Pilot was killed, 2 people inside the home escaped the fire. #Utah #breaking #kslam #nbc #planecrash @KSL5TV pic.twitter.com/M44pVvPwFT
— Shara Park (@KSLSharaPark) August 13, 2018
“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,”said his 21-year-old daughter Joslyn. “I feel very, very, very, very blessed to be able to call him my father.”
Payson PD now confirm Fox 13 report that Duane Youd is the man who flew a plane into his own home @ 2:38 AM, Just hours after his been released from jail for DV assault involving his wife. She and her adult son were inside the home but survived the plane crash and fire pic.twitter.com/xDRg3bCX4h
— scott mckane (@macfox13) August 13, 2018
Parker says he believed his step-mother was unfaithful. Joclyn adds, “He stayed with her and tried to make things work because of how much he loved her. But it was only a one-sided relationship and that took a toll on him.”
#BREAKING: Small plane into a home in Payson. Heading to the scene now. Dispatch confirms it happened two hours ago. Pictures sent to ya from viewer Brent Christensen. #KSLAM pic.twitter.com/3U3L6XPPxS
— Caitlin Burchill (@newsyCaitlin) August 13, 2018
When his relationship didn’t pan out the way he wanted it to, this man got physically violent with his wife, so violent that he was instructed by the police to not even call her. Why was he let out on bail where he would then be a risk to her and her children? Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon states that Youd’s wife suffered injuries telling The Salt Lake Tribune, “It was not just a slap or a shove. It was an ongoing thing described by witnesses.” According to Deseret News, he had a history of domestic violence.
Only hours later, he drove a plane into the home where his wife and her son from a previous relationship were residing. According to the CDC, over half the killings of American women are related to intimate partner violence. This is what life is like for women and families in domestic violence situations. They’re always in fear and at risk.
Luckily, the rest of the family was safe from the abuser’s final act of violence, but sadly, that’s not always how it goes.