Husband crashes plane into own home hours after arrest for domestic violence

A pilot crashed a plane into his own home in Utah early Monday — just hours after he was arrested for domestic violence.

The fatal crash in Payson took place just before 3 a.m., and after 47-year-old Duane Youd had been cuffed following an incident at 7:30 p.m. the night before.

Youd was killed and the plane was destroyed, but despite the presence of a "significant fireball," Youd's wife and child were unharmed.

"There were two individuals in the home at the time that the plane went in," Sgt. Noemi Sandoval of the Payson City Police Department told Fox 13. "They were able to get out of the home without any injuries. Obviously they were very shook up over what had happened but they weren't physically injured."

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This photo shows a damaged house after a plane crashed in Payson, Utah, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. A Utah man flew the small plane into his own house early Monday just hours after he had been arrested for assaulting his wife in a nearby canyon where the couple went to talk over their problems, authorities said. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)
This photo provided by the Utah County Sheriff's Office shows Duane Youd. Youd, of Utah, flew a small plane into his own house early Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, just hours after he had been arrested for assaulting his wife in a nearby canyon where the couple went to talk over their problems, authorities said. The pilot, Youd, died. His wife and a child who were in the home got out and survived despite the front part the two-story house being engulfed in flames, Payson police Sgt. Noemi Sandoval said. (Utah County Sheriff's Office via AP)
In this frame from video, emergency personnel work at the scene of a small plane that crashed into a house in Payson, Utah on Monday, Aug 13, 2018. Authorities said the pilot was killed in the crash. (John Wilson/KSL-TV/Deseret News via AP)
Joslyn Youd, 21, gets a hug from her aunt Nikki Ewell outside a damaged house, background, after a plane operated by Youd's father crashed in Payson, Utah, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. A Utah man flew the small plane into his own house early Monday just hours after he had been arrested for assaulting his wife in a nearby canyon where the couple went to talk over their problems, authorities said. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)
Federal Aviation Administration officials investigate the scene of a plane crash in Payson, Utah on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. Authorities say the small plane has crashed into a house in Utah, killing the pilot. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP)
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 was killed in the crash. (John Wilson/KSL-TV/Deseret News via AP)
The scene of a plane crash is blocked off as Federal Aviation Administration officials investigate the area in Payson, Utah on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. Authorities say the small plane has crashed into a house in Utah, killing the pilot. (Scott G Winterton /The Deseret News via AP)
Federal Aviation Administration investigators take photos at the scene of a plane crash in Payson, Utah on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. Authorities say the small plane has crashed into a house in Utah, killing the pilot. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP)
Joslyn Youd, 21, center, with her brother Parker Youd, 17, talks near their damaged house after a plane crashed in Payson, Utah, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. A Utah man flew the small plane into his own house early Monday just hours after he had been arrested for assaulting his wife in a nearby canyon where the couple went to talk over their problems, authorities said. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)
Federal Aviation Administration officials investigate the scene of a plane crash in Payson, Utah on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. Authorities say the small plane has crashed into a house in Utah, killing the pilot. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP)
This photo shows a damaged house after a plane crashed in Payson, Utah, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. A Utah man flew the small plane into his own house early Monday just hours after he had been arrested for assaulting his wife in a nearby canyon where the couple went to talk over their problems, authorities said. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)
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After he was released on bail the night before, Youd went back to the home to pick up some belongings, with police present. He then headed to Spanish Fork Airport. The "experienced pilot" did not own the plane but had access to it, according to the Deseret News.

The plane would clip a shed before striking the house, which may have altered his intended path. The front of the home became engulfed in flames.

"We can only speculate what the motive is behind it," Sgt. Sandoval told the Deseret News.

Youd had a history of domestic violence arrests, according to the newspaper. He apparently had been fighting with his wife on Sunday night.

"They had been drinking. He assaulted her and witnesses saw this happening," Sandoval told the Deseret News.

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