Children of Payson plane crash pilot: 'very, very, very blessed to call him my father'
(KUTV) -- The children of a man who flew a plane into his own home killing himself said they lost an amazing father.
The crash happened at about 2:30 in the morning on Monday killing the pilot, Duane Youd. Youd’s wife and adult son were also inside the home and managed to escape without injury from a huge fire that erupted.
Investigators said Youd crashed the plane into the home just hours after being released from jail on a domestic violence incident.
His children said they can’t believe what happened.
“Very unexpected thing. None of us saw this coming,” said Parker Youd, 17, as he stood outside the crash scene. “This is sad for me, it’s going to effect me for the rest of my life.”
“I feel very, very , very blessed to call him my father,” said an emotional Joslyn Youd, who is his daughter. “He was one of the most loving men that I knew. He would help anyone out in a heartbeat with anything....and will be extremely missed.”
According to investigators the crash was no accident. On Sunday night Youd was arrested on a domestic violence situation in the American Fork Canyon area with his wife.
Witnesses told police that the two had been arguing all day and that Youd had aggressively “punched” and “head-butted her.”
Youd was booked into the Utah County Jail at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday and then bailed out at about midnight. He then got a police escort back to his home.
“He gathered some belongings and picked up his truck there was no indications there was no argument here at the home,” said Sargent Noemi Sander with the Payson Police Department.
Investigators said he then went to the Spanish Fork Airport and got the plane.
At 2:30 a.m. on Monday, Youd, who is considered an experience pilot, flew the plane into the home.
“We can only speculate what the motive is behind it. We can’t talk to him. But, he is an experienced pilot he flew from Spanish Fork airport directly into the home,” said Sgt. Sander.
His kids said there was trouble at home because of marital problems.
“He’s not this person that’s being portrayed,” said Joslyn. “He was hurting he was in a lot of pain.”
National Transportation Safety Board Investigators are now on scene. They told 2News that it will be another five days or so before they have their preliminary report.