Pilot Burns Down House, Crashes Plane Into Texas IRS Building
February 18, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Austin, Texas resident Joseph Andrew Stack, apparently enraged over an IRS tax audit, went on a violent rampage Wednesday, burning down his home and then deliberately flying his Piper Cherokee PA-28 into an office building housing IRS offices. Stack crashed the small plane, brimming with fuel into the lower floors of the Echelon office building, setting off an explosion and a blazing fire that rocked the 9400 block of Research Boulevard in Austin. There have been no reported fatalities, but at least two people were rushed to the University Medical Center Brackenridge. One person is reported missing.
CNN is reporting that Stack left a suicide note online, raging against the IRS and the federal government. He has a wife and daughter, both of whom reportedly escaped safely from their burning home.
The FAA said preliminary information indicated the plane departed Georgetown Municipal Airport north of Austin about 9:40 a.m. CT. He then crashed his small plane into the office building minutes later, which exploded into a “fireball.” The Echelon office building houses about 200 IRS employees.
The blaze was put out about 75-minutes later.
This is a developing story, stay tuned.