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PAYSON — The children of a man who died when he flew a small airplane into his home early Monday morning are still trying to understand what happened.

The deceased was identified as Duane Youd, 47, according to Payson Police Sgt. Noemi Sandoval.

Parker Youd, 17, recalled his last words with his father.

“He said ‘I love you, good luck, I’ll see you tomorrow,’” Parker Youd said. "(I said) ‘I love you too,’ and then he got into his truck and drove away.”

Police arrested Duane Youd about 7:30 p.m. Sunday following a domestic dispute in American Fork Canyon, Sandoval said. Duane Youd was released from the Utah County Jail on bail, then followed procedure in requesting a police escort to retrieve belongings at the home at 584 E. Canyon Road about midnight.

A short time later, Duane Youd flew a Cessna 525 citation jet belonging to a company he had worked for from the Spanish Fork airport and crashed it into his home about 2:30 a.m. Duane Youd died on scene, and his wife and a juvenile inside the home escaped safely, Sandoval said.

Duane Youd was the plane's sole occupant.

On a recording from Broadcastify, an emergency dispatcher told first responders about a phone call from the son of the homeowner saying everyone was out of the house. The caller confirmed it was an airplane that crashed and "advised (that) his stepfather, Duane Youd, flew the aircraft into the home purposefully."

Youd's daughter, Joslyn Youd, drove up from Arizona when she heard about what had happened. She defended her father late Monday afternoon and said she knew he was hurting.

“He’s being portrayed as ... not in a positive light and it’s really hard and upsetting to hear this because he’s not this person that’s being portrayed,” she said to reporters.

Duane Youd. Photo: Utah County Sheriff's Office
Duane Youd. Photo: Utah County Sheriff's Office

The plane flew underneath nearby power lines and clipped the corner of a garage across the street as it crashed, according to Sandoval.

Police called it miraculous that more people weren't injured.

"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," Sandoval said.

Pictures sent to KSL show the plane in the front yard of the damaged home.

The plane and the house caught fire, but the flames were extinguished.

Police are aware of one other domestic violence incident in which Duane Youd was arrested within the past year, Sandoval said.

Joslyn Youd took a moment to shed a positive light on her father.

“He was an amazing man and would do absolutely anything for anyone. And I feel very, very, very, very blessed to be able to call him my father,” she said.

Parker Youd thought about his father and what it would be like without him going forward.

"I just think about all the things that I'm gonna miss with him and he's gonna miss as I grow older and I'm just gonna miss having my dad," he said.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident and plan to have a preliminary report within the next five days.

Canyon Road reopened in the area Tuesday afternoon as Payson police finished their on-site investigation, according to a Twitter posting from police. They released the house back to the homeowners, it said.

Contributing: Caitlin Burchill and Shara Park, KSL TV; Peter Samore, KSL Newsradio

Domestic violence resources

  • Utah Domestic Violence Coalition operates a confidential statewide, 24-hour domestic abuse hotline at 1-800-897-LINK (5465). Resources are also available online:
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    Suicide prevention resources

    If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

    Crisis Hotlines

    • Utah County Crisis Line: 801-691-5433
    • Salt Lake County/UNI Crisis Line: 801-587-3000
    • Wasatch Mental Health Crisis Line: 801-373-7393
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    • Trevor Project Hotline for LGBTQ teens: 1-866-488-7386

    Online resources

    Warning signs of suicide

    • Talking about wanting to die
    • Looking for a way to kill oneself
    • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
    • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
    • Talking about being a burden to others
    • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
    • Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
    • Sleeping too little or too much
    • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
    • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
    • Displaying extreme mood swings

    The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk. Warning signs are associated with suicide but may not be what causes a suicide.

    Information from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

    What to do if you see warning signs of suicide

    • Do not leave the person alone
    • Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt
    • Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
    • Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional
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