Pilot crashes plane into own home 'after fight'

Deputies confirmed the pilot 47-year-old Duane Youd died in the crash

Deputies confirmed the pilot 47-year-old Duane Youd died in the crash

A Utah man flew a small aircraft into his own house, kamikaze-style, hours after he had been arrested for assaulting his wife during an argument, police say.

Youd, an experienced pilot, died after the plane slammed into the front of the two-storey detached home in Payson, a town 60 miles south of Salt Lake City at around 2.30am on Monday morning.

The crash came hours after Youd was involved in a domestic violence incident and booked into the Utah County Jail on Sunday evening, as Sgt. Noemi Sandoval of the Payson Police Department told journalists on scene after the incident. Most of the upscale house was still intact, but heavily burned on the front.

In this photo provided by the Utah County Sheriff Office shows Duane Youd.

"The house was fully engulfed, so there really wasn't the ability to render any aid to the pilot", Sandoval said.

Seventeen-year-old Parker Youd said his father's last words to him were "I love you". It wasn't immediately clear who employed Youd, but according to his Facebook page, he worked as a MedEvac pilot.

While the plane departed from an airport in Utah, authorities would not specify which one.

That occurred without incident, Ms Sandoval said.

The plane hit the house at 584 E. East Canyon Road about 2:30 a.m. and exploded, according to the Utah County Sheriff's office.

Video taken by a neighbor showed flames coming out of the house and people watching from a distance.

Photos taken Monday show the two story home badly damaged by the impact of the plane and subsequent fire that ignited.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident. On Friday an employee stole a turboprop plane from Sea-Tac International Airport in Seattle and flew it for more than an hour before dying in a crash on an island southwest of Tacoma.

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