Utah home "fully engulfed" by flames after plane crash; pilot killed


The plane wreckage outside the home in Payson, Utah.

A couple inside the home reportedly escaped uninjured.

Youd was an experienced pilot who had access to the twin engine Cessna 525 jet because he flew for the company that owned it, authorities said.

The plane also appeared to have missed nearby power lines but clipped the corner of the garage on a house across the street from the crash.

A video from KUTV2 reporter Brónagh Tumulty shows Youd's house on fire the same night of the crash.

"We're going to go through and document the scene as it lies, then we're going to start getting removal of the airplane pieces out and start documenting those pieces as we get them removed", said Jason Aguilera, a senior NTSB Air Safety Investigator.

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

Police arrested Youd about 7:30 p.m. Sunday following a domestic dispute at the home near 600 E. Canyon Road, Sandoval said.

Hours later, at 12:30 a.m., Youd called and asked a patrol officer be present at his house to "keep the peace" as he picked up belongings and his truck, officials said. That occurred without incident, Sgt Sandoval said.

Photos of the wreckage showed the white plane charred and in pieces in the front yard, near an overturned and crushed auto. Most of the upscale house was still intact, but heavily burned in the front.

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Youd's 17-year-old son from a previous marriage, Parker Youd, who was not home at the time of the attack, said his father gave no indication of doing what he did. The plane took off from a Utah airport, according to police, although they did not say which airport.

Reports indicate that Youd had agreed to attend six months of family counselling sessions as part of a plea agreement for domestic violence, in which he was charged with disorderly conduct.

It is the second weird plane incident in recent days.