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Disgruntled Man Flies Plane Into Federal Building

Posted by Media Outrage on February 19, 2010

People get crazier and crazier by the day.  A disgruntled man flew a plane into a federal building yesterday because he had a problem with the government.

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas pilot with an apparent grudge against the U.S. government flew his single-engine plane into a tax office building Thursday, leaving two dead and 13 wounded and setting off a huge fireball.

Officials described the startling incident as a deliberate assault on a U.S. government institution, but authorities stressed the crash did not appear to have connections to international terrorism.

The pilot, who left an apparent suicide note on the Internet bitterly railing against the US authorities, was unaccounted for after the attack, as was one federal employee. Two of those wounded were in critical condition.

“The remains of two individuals have been found in the building,” said Candice Wade, a spokeswoman for Austin’s emergency management office, declining to confirm that the pilot was among the dead.

“They are not identified at this time.”

Early on, officials feared the plane crash might be connected to foreign terrorism and scrambled two F-16s from Houston’s Ellington Field. But officials later discounted the possibility of terrorism and focused on a civilian crime instead.

“There is no cause for alarm, no cause for panic,” police chief Art Acevedo told reporters in a televised news conference.

President Barack Obama was briefed on the incident, spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters on Air Force One, en route to a campaign appearance in Colorado. Gibbs said the Department of Homeland Security would continue to investigate. FBI officials in Washington said they were investigating Joseph Andrew Stack, identified as a software company engineer who lives in the Austin area. Stack was reportedly involved in a dispute with the IRS.

In a website posting, Stack writes that he has had enough, but doesn’t explain the nature of his argument with the IRS.

“I am finally ready to stop this insanity,” Stack wrote. “Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.”

At about 9:15 a.m. CST, Stack was believed to have set fire to his home with his wife, Sharon, and their daughter inside. Fire officials responded and the pair were saved.

Stack then apparently went to the local airport where he took a plane, most likely his own, then flew to Austin, officials said. Police said earlier reports that Stack stole a plane were incorrect.

Witnesses said the small craft appeared to sharply bank from the east across a highway. It hit the building in the lower floors just before 10 a.m. The plane was flying low.

“It’s very surreal,” Megan Riley, a witness to the crash, said in an interview with KXAN-TV.

The building was engulfed in flames after the crash. Firefighters poured into the structure to fight the blaze which burned for about 90 minutes before officials said it was contained.

The structure, known as the Echelon Building, has business and government offices, including those of the IRS.

15 Responses to “Disgruntled Man Flies Plane Into Federal Building”

  1. Ms. Behave™ said

    It’s one thing to have the economy going into a recession, but when people start getting depressed- THAT’S A PROBLEM!

    • emliy said


      • chique said

        Mental illness is very prevalent and with early intervention can easily be kept under control. Please support President Obama’s efforts for health care. Statements of support are very helpful. Just email the white house

  2. g said

    damn he fucked yall up

  3. YEAH I SAID IT said

    I guess he though he showed them. What he did was left his family homeless after burning down his won home. Insurance might not pay for.

    Committed suicide,insurance does not pay for.
    And still owing the IRS. Inconsiderate bastard, you didn’t think of your daughter and wife.

    Yep you showed them!

  4. ucanb2 said

    That is so TRAGIC…. it is a sign of the times, people feel hopeless/helpless!

  5. Dominikingz said

    If he were Arab, this would be labeled as a terrorist attack. But since he is white, he’s just a crazy old man.

  6. MissTX said

    Damn!! I don’t feel sorry for his depressed ass one bit!

    It’s one thing for him to take his self out but taking 2 innocent people with him wasn’t right. Neither was wounding several others. Then not to mention he didn’t even give a damn about his wife and daughter that he tried to kill them too!! SMDH.

    I hope he burns in hell!

  7. blakmaine said

    The Irs need to back off until the economy gets better. People homes are getting foreclosed on and losing their jobs but Irs stills wants their money and want call off the dogs.

  8. Lee said

    I don’t condone his actions at all, but if you read the letter that he wrote prior, he’s saying what a lot of people are feeling. But, this was definitely extreme!!

  9. name said

    take that IRS!!!

  10. joe said

    The IRS are stealing our money and enforcing that theft with brut force. We work 100 days a year just to pay the government. And all we get for our taxes is a big military and a bunch of self important politicians who spend all day at lunches. At least Europeans get free health, college, maternity leave, pension, sick leave and pay no property tax. We are letting the government tell us how much of our money we can keep instead of telling them how much they can spend.

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