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Old 02-18-2010, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Round Rock
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I think this might have been his house: Austin news, sports, weather, Longhorns, business | Statesman.com
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Culebra/1604 area
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some reports on myfoxaustin.com say the pilot may have done this on purpose. The building was an IRS building, and witnesses stated they noticed the plane low and make a sudden turn right into the building. Very tragic story.
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:01 AM
 
Location: central Austin
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ugh! Apparently the pilot stole the plane from the Georgetown airport! Why does it feel so much worse to know that this guy was "one of us" someone from the Austin area, somehow, even the earlier report that the flight started in Waco felt "better" somehow. Dang!

CNN reports:
The FAA said the plane departed Georgetown Municipal Airport, north of Austin, about 9:40 a.m., and that the pilot did not file a flight plan.
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:01 AM
 
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Tragic. Too early to really know the full scope of everything. Right NOW they're saying only 2 are unaccounted for, but things change constantly in these situations. They also said the pilot set his house on fire this morning, but who knows.

I remember on 9/11 there were reports of the State Dept building being lit on fire, explosions all over the city, etc., but it turned out that the chaos was causing false reporting.

It'll probably be a few hours before everything shakes out, but in the meantime I'm praying for everyone's safety and hope that this was a tragic accident and nothing more.
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:02 AM
 
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Yes the pilot set his home on fire and intentionally crashed a plane into the Austin IRS building
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:02 AM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Let's see...daughter reports that her Dad--the pilot-- (Joseph Stack) set his house on fire, then left in his car.

The building he hit apparently houses the IRS (unconfirmed but likely).

NTSB says pilot may have done it intentionally...oh, ya think?
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:09 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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As a side-note, the building houses IRS, FBI, CIA, and a few others. (All from news articles...) Very tragic...

--Dim
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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FOX is reporting they launched F-16s from Houston. That makes no sense at all. We have quite a few F-16s right here in SA and we're a lot closer.
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Round Rock
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They just released the pilots name. He was Joseph Andrew Stack. That was his house in North Austin. Wow, this is incredible.
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:23 AM
 
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From cnn.com:

12:03 p.m.: Cynthia Reed, who works in the building next to the one hit, told CNN she saw people who apparently were trapped. "They were hanging out the windows, screaming for help," she said.

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