Wife of pilot who crashed plane into her Payson home knew it was him 'immediately'

Sandy Youd said when she saw the tail of a plane that crashed into her Payson home on Monday morning, she knew "immediately" it was piloted by her husband, Duane. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — Terrifying moments for a Payson woman who managed to escape a burning home after her husband crashed a plane into it early Monday morning.

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

“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.”

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, Duane Youd, 47, who’s known by most as “Red."

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

Duane Youd had been released from jail just hours before for a domestic violence situation up American Fork Canyon.

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

Family and friends have set up a GoFundMe account to help the family rebuild.

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