The commercial pilot was flying in night, visual meteorological conditions when he flew the Cessna 525 toward his home in Payson City, Utah.
The airplane hit a garage across the street and continued until it hit the front of his home. The pilot died in the crash.
An examination of the airplane found no anomalies with the flight controls that would have contributed to the accident.
According to information provided by the officials from the Payson City Police Department, the pilot had been arrested for domestic violence the previous afternoon. After bail was posted for the pilot, an officer from the Payton City Police Department escorted the pilot to his house so that he could retrieve some items. The officer reported that the pilot did not talk to his wife but told his son to go sleep elsewhere. The officer added that the pilot told his son to “leave the porch lights on for me.” The pilot then left the house.
Toxicology testing revealed the presence of a medication used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, some eating disorders, and panic attacks. The pilot did not report the use of this medication to the FAA.
The pilot had a known history of depression, anxiety, and anger management issues. The circumstances of the accident were consistent with the pilot’s intentional flight into his home.
Probable cause: The pilot’s intentional flight into his residence.
This August 2018 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.