Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Cessna 525 CitationJet, owned by Vancon Holdings LLC and stolen by the pilot, who was employed as a pilot by the company, N526CP: Fatal accident occurred August 13, 2018 in Payson City, Utah County, Utah

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Payson City, UT
Accident Number: CEN18FA326
Date & Time: 08/13/2018, 0230 MDT
Registration: N526CP
Aircraft: Cessna 525
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Unknown

On August 13, 2018, about 0230, a Cessna 525 airplane, N526CP, collided with an occupied house in Payson City, Utah. The commercial rated pilot was fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. Two people in the house received minor injuries. The airplane was owned by Vancon Holdings LLC and stolen by the pilot, who was employed as a pilot by the company.

According to information provided by law enforcement agencies. The airplane collided with the pilot's residence. A postimpact fire ensued which consumed a majority of the wreckage and a portion of the home. All major airplane components were located at the accident site. Flight control continuity was established from the cockpit controls to all flight control surfaces. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N526CP
Model/Series: 525 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
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Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.

Duane L. (Rhedd) Youd
1970 ~ 2018

Duane L. (Rhedd) Youd, 47, of Payson, Utah passed away Monday, August 13, 2018. Duane, or Rhedd, as he was known to family and friends, was born November 6, 1970 in Payson, Utah to Lynn J and Beverly MacKay Youd. He grew up in Lake Shore and was a graduate of Spanish Fork High School. He continued his education at UVU where he graduated with an associate degree. Rhedd then participated in a piloting program and became a pilot and instructor with Diamond Flight Center.

Rhedd married Michelle Darling and they are the parents of two children. They were later divorced. He then married Sandy M. Petersen and they have enjoyed many great memories and adventures together. Rhedd was known for his generous spirit, willingness to help anyone, and his neighborly love. 

He started his own business, Rhedd's Tint and Trim, which he operated for over 30 years. He started out at Pinnacle Airlines and moved on to fly for rescue flights with AMRG and Guardian Flight. He flew for the State of Utah and enjoyed serving the governor. His latest flying was as a private pilot for private businesses in Utah County. He was always hard-working and fair in his business endeavors.

Rhedd enjoyed any adventure and traveling, and especially loved to try anything new. He loved flying, jeeping, boating, dirt biking, and anything that involved speed. He also enjoyed the outdoors and customizing cars. He was a talented craftsman and could fix anything. He was a true friend and had many friends in many places.

He was an active member of the LDS Church, Eagle Scout, and was involved in the Young Men's Program and Scouts. He loved them and they adored him. 

He is survived by his children, Joslyn Youd and Parker Youd; wife, Sandy; step-children, Collin McNeal, Summer Johnson, Alec Johnson, and Brooks Johnson; his father, Lynn; his siblings, Jay (Mary Ann) Youd, Kathy (Jay) Hair, Steven (Konni) Youd, Charlene (Dale) Koyle, and sister-in-law, Linda (Bill) Lay. Rhedd will be remembered by his family and friends for the daily acts of service and kindness he exhibited throughout his life.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Beverly; and brother, Roger Youd.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Payson 3rd Ward Chapel, 274 S. Main Street, Payson, Utah. Family and friends may visit on Friday evening, August 17, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 187 S. Main Street, Spanish Fork, Utah, and on Saturday morning at the church from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will be in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com

(KUTV) -- KUTV has learned that Duane Youd was allowed access to the Spanish Fork Airport 24/7, and went through gate around 2 a.m. Monday.

Airport officials said while it doesn’t happen all the time, it isn’t out of the norm for pilots to access planes in the middle of the night.

Surveillance video from a nearby hangar captured Duane Youd arriving at the airport at 2:02 a.m. in a white truck.

“It’s not strange that somebody would take off in the middle of the night.” Steve Wilson is the FBO or the Fixed Base Operator for the airport and said he knew Youd well.

He said Youd was a corporate pilot for Van Con Construction.

“They use the plane for corporate travel to jobs throughout the state and outside the state," Wilson said. "And so, wherever they might need to be, he flies it.”

In the surveillance, at 2:06 am, you see the hangar opening. Youd leaves around 2:29 am toward the runway, when Payson Police said he then went and crashed the Twin Cessna Citation into his wife’s house.

At the Spanish Fork Airport, Wilson said pilots don’t have to communicate with tower.

“The pilots are very good about communicating with each other as they are in the pattern and in the vicinity,” Wilson said.

Wilson said Youd had his commercial pilots license and was a very good pilot. This incident came out of the blue. He said pilots go through a lot of training before getting to fly.

“There’s very stringent requirements from the FAA to get approved for your competency and also your book knowledge of the aviation,” Wilson said.

Wilson said the planes are not easily accessed. There’s a gate with a code. The planes on the tarmac have keys. The other planes are in hangars under lock and key.


Duane Youd died early Monday morning after crashing a plane into his wife's home in Payson.

PAYSON, Utah (KUTV) -- Duane Youd, 47, died early Monday morning after crashing a private jet into his wife's home, Payson Police confirmed to 2News.

Sunday night, Youd was arrested for domestic assault allegations, according to Sgt. Naomi Sandoval with Payson Police.

He was later released and asked police if he could go back to his wife's house to grab a few belongings. 

Police reported that no fight ensued at the house.

It is believed that Youd somehow got from the house to the airport in Springville. Youd was a corporate pilot for the company Van Con, Payson Police confirmed to 2News.

Sometime during the night, he stole the Cessna 525 CitationJet and proceeded to fly to his wife's house.

Youd then crashed the plane into the home where his wife and a juvenile were sleeping, according to Sgt. Naomi Sandoval with Payson Police.

Youd did not survive the crash. However, the wife and the juvenile survived both the crash and the fire that had been started by the plane, according to Sgt. Naomi Sandoval with Payson Police.

It is unknown at this time what Youd's motive was.


PAYSON, Utah (News4Utah) A Utah pilot is dead after crashing a plane into his Payson home one day after being arrested for a domestic violence incident.

Youd was booked into jail after 9 p.m. Sunday. He was released on bail around 12:30 a.m. and then crashed the plane around 2:30 a.m.

Investigators said Youd's wife and a young man were inside the home at 584 East Canyon Road in Payson at the time of the crash. Police believe Youd intentionally targeted his own house in final deadly act of domestic violence.

Slade Buhler told News4Utah he heard the Cessna 525 circling his neighborhood around 2:30 Monday morning.

“It just got lower and lower. I said 'Oh my gosh it's going to hit the mountain. It's going to hit the mountain. It's getting lower' You can just see it getting lower. All of the sudden a huge ball of orange fire. I couldn't believe it. I went 'Ohhh' so I ran in and I called 911,” said Buhler.

Then he recorded dramatic video obtained by Gephardt Daily. Veteran pilot Duane Youd had flown the plane directly into the front of his own home and died on impact.

 “The pilot was deceased and at that time the front of the home was fully engulfed so there was no aid that could be given to the pilot,” Sgt. Noemi Sandoval.

On Sunday evening, Youd had been arrested for a domestic violence incident in American Fork Canyon.

 “Witnesses called in to dispatch reporting that they saw him assaulting his wife. Punching her, things like that. Utah County Sheriff’s Office arrived to the area, did their investigation, took him into custody for that and he was booked into the Utah County Jail,” said Sgt. Sandoval.

Youd bailed out and around midnight returned to the house with an officer to pick up some possessions before heading to Spanish Fork Airport and taking off in the plane he flew for a construction company which he used in a kamikaze style attack, apparently targeting his wife and her adult son who were inside the house.

“Couple of people who were in the home were able to exit the home without any injury. They were obviously shaken up over what had just happened,” said Sgt. Sandoval.

 “All I know is how lucky we are that it wasn't worse. It's bad enough that we had property damage and we have one person that unfortunately lost their lives, but we could have had a couple more people that were in the home and certainly with the amount of fire that was generated by the impact, it could have spread to other homes or you know further on up the canyon, “ said Sgt. Sandoval.



  1. Duane had a motive to fly the plane into the house... Sandy had one of her boyfriends in the house with her while Duane was in jail. She wasn't going to bail him out and she didn't think anyone else would, so she thought she was safe with having the boyfriend there. Sandy and her son Collin reported that it was only the two of them in the house, however the neighbor and his family across the street saw three people come out of the house and the neighbor talked to the guy who came out. He hasn't been seen since. It's very possible and probable that Duane noticed the guy in his house when he went with the cop to get some of his things since Sandy wasn't expecting him to come home. A real surprise for her and her boyfriend. Sandy cheated on Duane the entire time they dated and the entire time they were married. He had had enough!!

  2. Poor excuse for committing a criminal act that could have killed dozens of innocents.

  3. This is very sad! What this women did to this man. Used him for everything . It was proven last week that she had taken his saving , gave them to her boyfriend. No one knows what it is like to have someone you love steal everything from you suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem if he would’ve only have waited a few more days . Thank God his lawyers froze all property and accounts she will get nothing