Pilot who crashed into Austin building left note slamming IRS


AUSTIN — In a rambling, profane suicide note posted online, the pilot accused of flying his plane into an Austin office building Thursday takes aim at the IRS, religion, big business and even former President George W. Bush.

“I remember reading about the stock market crash before the ‘great’ depression and how there were wealthy bankers and businessmen jumping out of windows when they realized they screwed up and lost everything,” according to the posting, dated Feb. 18, 2010, and signed “Joe Stack, (1956-2010).

“Isn’t it ironic how far we’ve come in 60 years in this country that they now know how to fix that little economic problem; they just steal from the middle class (who doesn’t have any say in it, elections are a joke) to cover their asses and it’s ‘business-as-usual.’

“Now when the wealthy f--- up, the poor get to die for the mistakes… isn’t that a clever, tidy solution.”

Stack describes himself as a software engineer and blames the government, the IRS and accountants for his business problems.

CNN reported that Stack flew his small, single-engine airplane plane from a Georgetown airport and then crashed it into an office complex in North Austin about 25 miles away.

At least two people were taken to the hospital, and officials were looking for one other person who was unaccounted for.

Quoting a "federal official," CNN also reported that the pilot had set his home ablaze before taking off in the plane.

The pilot has been identified as Joseph Andrew Stack. The airplane involved is a Piper PA-28-236 that is registered to Stack.

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