A WIFE has described her woman-beater late husband a “fantastic guy” — days after he tried to kill her by crashing a plane into their house.
Sandy Youd and her adult son managed to escape the flames in the two-storey house after the shocking crash on Thursday.
Facebook Sandy Youd spoke of her grief today after Duane ‘Rhedd’ Youd’s deranged plane crash
Duane “Rhedd” Youd, carried out the astonishing attack just hours after he had been arrested for assaulting his wife, police in Payston, Utah, said. He died at the scene.
It occurred about 2:30am on Thursday in the city of about 20,000 residents, 60 miles south of Salt Lake City.
But today mum-of-two Sandy sensationally called Youd a “fantastic” father.
She told Deseret News: “I just want people to know what a fantastic guy that Rhedd was.
“I don’t know what was in his head. I don’t understand why and I never will.”
Youd tried to kill his wife hours after he was arrested for assaulting her, cops said
AP:Associated Press Duane Youd, from Utah, flew a plane into his own home in an attempt to kill his wife
Investigators believe the plane belonged to Youd’s employer and that he intentionally flew into his own house, cops said.
They called him an experienced pilot. It wasn’t immediately clear who employed Youd.
It’s believed the man in the house was Youd’s son.
Youd was arrested about 7.30pm on Sunday after witnesses called cops to report that he was assaulting his wife.
AP:Associated Press The front of the home was engulfed in flames following the horrific crash
AP:Associated Press The deranged pilot died after smashing the plane into the house in the city of Payson
The couple had been drinking and went to American Fork Canyon to talk about problems they were having.
Youd was booked into jail on suspicion of domestic violence and then bailed out, authorities said.
He requested an officer escort to go to his home so he could get his truck and some belongings around midnight.
That occurred without incident, cops confirmed.
AP:Associated Press Youd’s wife and a child, who were both in the home at the time of the attack, managed to escape
AP:Associated Press The attack came hours after Youd had been arrested for beating his wife
Within hours, Youd was taking off in the plane from the Spanish Fork-Springville Airport about 15 miles north of his house.
He flew directly to his neighbourhood and smashed into his house.
Photos of the wreckage showed the white plane charred and in pieces in the front yard nearby an overturned and crushed car.