FEDS: Austin, Texas Plane Crash Was Intentional

Law enforcement sources say the small plane that crashed into a building in Austin, Texas was flown by a software engineer angry with the IRS.

The tax agency says about 190 of its employees work in the building.

Law enforcement officials say Joseph Stack apparently set fire to his home before crashing his plane. He's presumed dead. At least one person who works in the building is unaccounted for and two people are hospitalized.

An IRS employee says the impact "felt like a bomb blew off." Peggy Walker says "The ceiling caved in and windows blew in. We got up and ran."

Matt Farney, who saw the plane near some apartments before it crashed, said he thought the pilot was showing off, buzzing the building. Farney called the scene "surreal," saying the ball of flames was as high as the apartments.


Fire department officials in Austin, Texas, say one person is unaccounted for following the crash of a small place into an building that houses offices of the Internal Revenue Service.

Assistant Austin Fire Chief Harry Evans says two people have also been taken to a hospital. Their conditions were not immediately known.

A law enforcement official says the crash does not initially appear to be the result of a crime or terrorism. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to publicly discuss the incident.

Thick black and gray smoke was billowing out of the second and third stories of the building Thursday as fire crews using ladder trucks and hoses battled the fire.

Dozens of windows were blown out of the hulking black building and vehicles traveling on a nearby highway paused to look.


Authorities say a small private plane has crashed into a seven-story office building in Austin, Texas, and two people from the building are missing.

Thick black and gray smoke was billowing out of the second and third stories of the building Thursday morning as fire crews using ladder trucks and hoses battled the fire.

Dozens of windows were blown out of the hulking black building and smoke poured from it as vehicles traveling on a nearby highway paused to look at the damage.

Dawn Clopton, a division chief with the Austin Fire Department, says two people from the building are unaccounted for. She says it was a small private plane that crashed. The building is located on a major highway in the city.

No other information was immediately available.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Dar Location: Wilmar on Feb 20, 2010 at 09:01 AM
    As for you Derek, your question was plain stupid as I don't support terrorism, foreign or domestic so try re-reading my post. As mentioned in my previous post, google "Kay Council" and then try lecturing me. Mr. Stack was WRONG, WRONG, WRONG but I still stand behind my original post.
  • by Dar Location: Wilmar on Feb 20, 2010 at 08:52 AM
    NS, I do know what you have been thru and I have personally seen what countless others have endure as I am in the business of taxation. As I mentioned in my previous post I do not agree with what he did, so calm down. It's an terrible situation with innocent lives lost.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Feb 20, 2010 at 06:50 AM
    DAR - are you actively supporting domestic terrorism? I hope the families of those injured or killed in Austin don't read your comments on this blog.
  • by NS Location: Greenville on Feb 19, 2010 at 09:19 PM
    Dar, You don't know what I know-you don't know what I have been through with the IRS. Fact is, I have had my checking accounts frozen and been threatened with all my income garnished. This all due to an ex who didn't file jointly as they testified in divorce court-so don't tell me what I don't know. It took me 5 years to get it straight and I made less the 25K a year! I didn't kill anyone, nor did I attack innocent people or think anyone caused it but me for trusting someone I shouldn't have. You can bet, I have always filed in advance and never cheat on my taxes.
  • by Data Man on Feb 19, 2010 at 11:38 AM
    To Obama Snake Oil, all this guy had to do was just wait! We have a president that is fixing our nation! I know the man was upset for what bush did to our nation but Obama is fixing it as we speak. I love the way he is leading us!!
  • by Dar Location: Wilmar on Feb 19, 2010 at 11:05 AM
    NS, you have no clue how desperate people can be after fighting the IRS for years and getting nowhere. Try googling "Kay Council" & see what the IRS can do first hand. No, I don't agree with the way Mr. Stack handled his situation but I can tell you that he was pushed to the edge like you can't even begin to imagine & snapped. There has been tremendous change in the IRS since the early 90's but more change is needed & apparently didn't happened soon enough in this case. Finally, your statement that "when you don't agree with the results and vote in the next election" was....how do I put this.....STUPID. Elections has nothing to do with the IRS's behavior, plain & simple. Unti we have term limits in our election the status quo will not change and our elected officals will continue their merry way. "We the People" need to take back our country that the politicians are slowly but surely giving away.
  • by NS Location: Greenville on Feb 19, 2010 at 10:47 AM
    J-This man was not on welfare-he was flying his own plane! His home, which he also burned, was a brick house in a middle class neighborhood. At one time, he had owed the IRS 125,000 in taxes. Think about what his income had to be to owe 125K. I did read that he had started and lost two companies, but he lost his licenses for them. This man obviously had personal problems and chose to blame others instead of himself for whatever reasons. But his choice of action was no different than any other suicide bomber and to make a martyr or hero of him is the same as making them of all suicide bombers.
  • by get a life on Feb 19, 2010 at 09:25 AM
    are you serious sad dad? well if you are i have a better idea. maybe the government can take away computers from brainless little children like you. wake up! the government is not always going to be there for you when you need their protection. the only person you can count on in this world is yourself. didn't your parents teach you that?
  • by Rob Location: Greenville on Feb 19, 2010 at 12:04 AM
    For Sad Dad...You are sad, anything can be made a weapon. What you seem to want is the government to control and regulate everything. And just for the record the planes used at the Trade Center were commercial flights.
  • by NS Location: Greenville on Feb 18, 2010 at 09:54 PM
    Anarchy-You understand him? There are "better ways?" What kind of person would even try to condone what this terrorist-and that is what he was-did? He is labeled that because he was that! Feelings are not actions-we have a way to handle those feelings in this country-its called voting. This is democracy-which means you wait your turn when you don't agree with the results and vote in the next election. Now, I guess, you will say those who react this way to an election they don't like are patriots? This is sick. Everything is ok until people don't like this Washington-well-tough-vote them out if you want to, but don't even try to say this is "understood" or excuseable, or patriotic. This is nothing short of terrorism and treason!
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