Man crashes plane into own home with wife, son inside

(CNN/KKTV) -- Terrifying moments for Utah woman who managed to escape a burning home after her husband crashed a plane into it early Monday morning.

According to CNN, the man, later identified as Duane Youd, who was a professional pilot, died after he crashed a plane into their home.

Sandy Youd and her 24-year-old son Collin McNeal were inside that home when the plane crashed.

Officials said that on Sunday night, officers in Payson County responded to the home on a domestic violence situation.

"They had been drinking and an argument broke out and he started hitting her and some witnesses called in to police to say a guy was hitting a woman," said Sgt. Noemi Sandoval.

He was arrested and bailed out on Monday morning between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. He asked if he could return home to pack up his things. Youd returned home and left the residence in his vehicle.

"He then evidently went to the airplane" after leaving his home, Sandoval said.

“The next thing I know, a huge crash into the house and then there was an explosion,” said an emotional Youd in an exclusive interview with 2News. “This was completely unexpected.”

Around 2:30 a.m., authorities were called to a plane crash at the Youds' residence.

Youd was asleep in her bedroom on the main level and said the flames were too big to go out the front door.

“I couldn’t come out the front door. It was all engulfed in flames, so I ran out the side and through the garage. I didn’t know where my son was,” she said.

Her son was upstairs in his bedroom. He told 2News that he, too, can’t believe that he somehow managed to escape unharmed.

"I don’t know how I got out. I ran down the stairs through the front door,” said McNeal. “All I remember is seeing fire and then being on the street.”

Youd said she had no idea it was a plane at first, but as soon as she discovered it and saw the tail of the plane, she says she knew the pilot was her own husband, who’s known by most as “Red."

“I knew right away it was Red. I knew it was him immediately,” Youd said.

CNN reported that Youd had worked for a construction company who owned the plane. He was the only one to fly it.

“I love him, I miss him, I still can’t believe he’s not here,” Youd said.