US man flies plane into own house following marital dispute

A Utah man is dead after flying a plane into his own home.

Duane Youd sent the plane careening into the home he shared with his family on Monday evening (local time) after being arrested for assaulting his wife in a nearby canyon, the Associated Press reports.

Youd's wife and child managed to escape the house, located in an upmarket part of Payton city, unharmed.

The front part of the house has been destroyed and photos from the accident show burnt wreckage strewn across the front lawn.

Investigators believe Youd deliberately flew into the house following arguments with his wife earlier in the day.

Duane Youd.
Duane Youd. Photo credit: Supplied/CBS News

The pair had been drinking and went to American Fork Canyon to discuss their marital issues. They were later discovered arguing and Youd was arrested on domestic violence charges.

He requested an officer escort him home so he could collect his belongs, which occurred without incident.

But hours later he took off in a 525 Cessna from the Fork-Springville Airport 25 kilometres north of the house. He then flew it directly into the building and died in the accident.

It's believed the plane belonged to Youd's employer.


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