A man from Utah who was arrested for domestic violence has died after flying a Cessna 525 Citation Jet into his home where his wife and son were in the early hours of Monday.
The incident began at American Fork Canyon, about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City, when the Utah County Sheriff’s Office received calls about a domestic violence situation between Duane Youd and his wife on Sunday night, according to Payson Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Noemi Sandoval.
“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,” Sandoval said on Monday.
Youd was arrested and was bailed out Monday morning between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m.
When Youd asked if he could go back to his home and pick up some belongings, he was escorted by an officer and left the home in his vehicle.
“He then evidently went to the airplane” after leaving his home.
Around 2:30 a.m., Payson authorities received a call that a plane had crashed into Youd’s home.
Youd was a professional pilot. “He flew for VanCon, a construction company that owned the plane. Youd was the only person who flew it,” Sandoval said.
Youd’s wife and her son were in the home at the time of the crash, but were able to escape.
Neighbors who saw the crash said they couldn’t believe it.
Slade Buhler told CNN affiliate KTVX-TV he heard the plane circling the neighborhood around 2:30 a.m. Monday.
“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,” said Buhler.
Public records obtained by CNN affiliate KSTU-TV showed Youd lived at the home where the plane crashed, and he and his wife had bought the home last year. Payson police confirmed there have been previous domestic violence incidents at the home.