PAYSON, Utah — That’s plane crazy.
An angry husband was killed when he slammed a stolen plane into his own home in an apparent bid to kill his wife after spending a night in jail for domestic abuse, police said.
Duane Youd, of Payson, Utah had been jailed Sunday following the dispute with his wife on Sunday evening. A few hours later he was released and escorted back to the family home to collect some belongings, the Payson police said.
Early Monday morning, two hours after leaving the home, Youd stole a Cesna 52 citation jet from a company where he had worked, and flew it into the front door of the home and burst into flames, police said.
Youd was killed in the crash, but his wife and one of their children who was home at the time, escaped from the burning house unharmed.
The plane narrowly missed some power lines on the way down and clipped another home before crashing.
“It’s a lucky thing for us, if anything in this whole situation, is we have the destruction of property and one male deceased, but it could have been so much worse,” Payson Police Sgt. Noemi Sandoval told KSL-TV.
Police say they are aware of one other domestic violence incident in which Youd was arrested within the past year.