SALT LAKE CITY – A man who flew a plane into his own house, after he was arrested for abuse of his wife had full access to his employer’s plane, because he earned the company’s trust, the president of the Utah company said Tuesday.
Duane Youd, 47, was a “rock-solid worker and a good person for 13 months as a company pilot, Leon Van Sickle told The Associated Press. He is the chairman of the VanCon, Inc., a general engineering company.
He said You had the digital access code to the aircraft hangar, though he had no idea that he with the plane early Monday. You were a stellar pilot flew employees for business meetings in North America in the company plane, a twin-engine Cessna 525, Van Sickle said.
“He is the manager of the airplane,” Van Sickle said. “He had full access to it. . . It all depends on trust. I don’t know what we would have done different. He flies with our lives on the game and we thoroughly trusted him deeply. He took great care of us. He never took the chance. Everything was by the book.”
The crash happened at about 2:30 a.m. Monday in Payson, a city of about 20,000 about 60 miles (95 km) south of Salt Lake City. He had posted bail just a few hours earlier after being arrested after witnesses reporting seeing him assault his wife, authorities said.
His wife and her 24-year-old son escaped the two-story house was engulfed in flames, authorities said that They have not disclosed how You gained access to the company plane.
You took the aircraft out of a hanger at the small Spanish Fork-Springville Airport, where there is no air in towers or traffic control and monitoring that is taking off or landing, said airport manager Cris Child.
Of Sickle, said he heard rumblings that Youd some marital problems, but that he never fathomed he would do what he did. He was not aware of the domestic violence incident Sunday night, or another one in April, ” he said.
“I couldn’t believe it. It’s unbelievable,” Van Sickle said. “The guy was just golden. He was rock solid. You just can’t even fathom. It is just so tragic.”
Payson police Sgt. Noemi Sandoval said Monday that the researchers believe that You will be taken to his house intentionally.
Surveyed the wreck and know You as a pilot Of Sickle said that he agrees with the intent. He noted that Youd had to fly under power lines, and to prevent other houses to hit his own home, without the cause of the damage.
“That took some skill,” Van Sickle said.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.
The FAA has no records of previous accidents, incidents or legal actions against You, said the spokesman of the agency, Ian Gregor.
It is the second bizarre airplane incident in the past few days. On Friday, an employee stole a turboprop plane from Sea-Tac International Airport in Seattle and flew for more than an hour before dying in an accident on an island southwest of Tacoma.
This story is corrected on the basis of updated information from the police to show that the other person in the house was the woman and her 24-year-old son, a child.