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Pilot Sets His House on Fire, Flies Plane Into Austin, Tx Office Building — Houses IRS

Thu February 18 2010 11:43 am
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Plane Crash Investigated: Plane Hit the Echelon Building Intentionally.

Raw Video of Echelon Building plane crash attack from Austin resident George Castle.

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Google Street view of Echelon Building across from Gateway Shopping Center (Near Texas State Highway 183 and Loop 360).

UPDATE: Body found — likely the missing person known to be in the building.

UPDATE: Name of pilot is reported to be Joseph Andrew Stack. The pilot apparently took off from Georgetown Municipal Airport, Georgetown, Texas at 9:40 a.m. local time.

Video from Associated Press includes Texas Department of Transportation traffic camera video (TXDOT). NOTE: Early audio track incorrectly states the incident does not appear to be a crime.

Two people injured with non-life-threatening burns. One injured person is reported as stabilized and airlifted to the burn unit at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio in serious condition with burn injuries. Another person — an injured man — was admitted to University Medical Center Brackenridge in good condition with minor injuries and smoke inhalation. One person missing.

The IRS has confirmed that their office in the stricken building — the Echelon One Building — employs 190 IRS employees.

Heavy fire reported in an office building at 9420 Research Boulevard in Austin, Texas after a small plane crashed at high speed into the office building at 9:46 a.m. local time in Texas. The office complex houses local FBI, CIA, and IRS offices. Firefighters were in fighting the fire in defensive mode because of the intensity of the fire. The IRS may be housed in the 9420 building.

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Map Echelon Building

NORAD launched two F-16’s in response to the crash.
Witnesses reported the plane made a sharp banking turn before it hit the building. Another witness who drives on Texas State Highway Route 183 that passes the Echelon building, reported that he had never seen low flying planes near the building.

A house fire is also reported in the 1800 block of Dapplegrey Lane in Austin, Texas that is reported to be the pilot’s house. The house was fully involved with fire when firefighters arrived on the scene. The man’s daughter later told police that her dad started the house on fire at about 9:00 a.m.

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Google Street View of neighborhood street where house apparently intentionally set on fire on Dapplegrey Lane.

Businesses listed at the Echelon Building in Austin, Texas
9420 Research Blvd Austin, TX 78759
Echelon Holdings
Enfinet Media Corporation
Fairchild Semiconductor
International Code Council
Message One Inc

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Map showing distance from pilot’s house set afire to the Echelon building that was struck by the Piper Cherokee.

Another raw video exists by Kain Shin/Facebook That video seems to have been removed from his ‘wall.’

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