Daughter Of "Suicide Pilot" Retracts Dad-Hero Statement

By: Courtesy: KWTX.Com
By: Courtesy: KWTX.Com

Samantha Bell, the daughter of the software engineer who flew his single-engine plane into the side of the seven-story Echelon building in Austin, Texas said Monday her father is a hero.

She made that statement to "Good Morning America."

ABC News is now reporting Bell retracted her statement, calling the show later and saying her father was "not a hero."

ABC News says Bell then stated the only hero was the victim, who was a veteran.


AUSTIN (February 22, 2010)—Samantha Bell, the daughter of the software engineer who flew his single-engine plane into the side of the seven-story Echelon building in Austin, said Monday her father is a hero.

Joe Stack, 53, died along with an Internal Revenue Service employee in the fiery crash Thursday in north Austin that evidently targeted the IRS, which had offices in the building.

Bell told ABC's "Good Morning America" the plane attack was "inappropriate," but she praised his anti-government and anti-tax views.

Asked if she considered her father a hero, she said "yes."

She spoke in a telephone interview from Norway, where she lives.

Bell said her father was not a hero for taking a life, but "because now maybe people will listen."

IRS employee Vernon Hunter died in the attack and 13 other people were inured, two seriously.

Hunter's son, Ken Hunter, says he's alarmed by comments that characterize the pilot as a hero.

Meanwhile, the Texas Department of Transportation says a road by the Austin building will remain closed until further notice.

TxDOT spokesman John Hurt says the stretch of U.S. 183 frontage road will not reopen until the seven-story building is determined to be structurally sound.


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  • by Business Student Location: NC on Feb 22, 2010 at 07:15 PM
    He should have hired a good tax accountant. There are tax deductables? Maybe Wolfgang is right.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Feb 22, 2010 at 04:51 PM
    He is a murderer plain and simple. He faults the IRS and blames other people for his tax cheating. Maybe he should have gotten a job with Obama. He hires tax cheats,and puts tax cheats in high gov't offices. My condolances to the injured and dead.
  • by sad on Feb 22, 2010 at 02:07 PM
    this is very sad. but its true, he is the same as terrorists. i agree with Big Al, there is no need to harm innocent people. they are just trying to do their job. its those higher up in office who deserve blame. i think tax forms should come with a 'selection' of what your tax money will go to. i wouldnt have a problem paying taxes if i could choose what they did--or DIDNT go to!
  • by tommy Location: kinston on Feb 22, 2010 at 02:01 PM
    To Hank: I read it, and my only response to you (to paraphrase Forrest Gump) "Crazy is as crazy does."
  • by Manifesto My "A" on Feb 22, 2010 at 01:57 PM
    Who cares what his manifesto says. He's still a nut and you are, too if you condone what this man did. He was coward to try to kill other innocent people and anyone that thinks this is a heroic act should think those that bombed the twin towers were heros, too. They were insane just like him, yet I don't see anyone calling them heroes; same act, different race.
  • by J Location: Gville on Feb 22, 2010 at 01:53 PM
    Wow. Another ignorant child in the world. Surprise, surprise. Really. What is she going to do, set the monkey bars on fire to "get someones attention". Get this child some help. She is oblivious.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2010 at 01:47 PM
    Hero?? Far from it. Insane maybe, but not hero. Being a hero requires being a man, and learning how to talk and express ones self without violence and corruption.
  • by BooBoo on Feb 22, 2010 at 01:46 PM
    Hero? Someone who delibertly kills himself and takes others with him is ot a hero. Coward maybe. Hero, no. Tell that to the family of there person that was killed. Maybe we should give this killer a medal of honor for Pete's sake!
  • by Disillusioned Location: Ayden on Feb 22, 2010 at 01:38 PM
    Anyone who commits suicide and injures or maims or kills innocent bystanders is not a hero; he is a terrorist just like the weasels that flew the jets into the WTC.
  • by Hank Location: Greenville on Feb 22, 2010 at 01:36 PM
    Read his manifesto before you call him crazy.
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