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on Fascist Soup:
Oddities I notice:
How did anyone find out who the pilot was so quickly? - and how did the media find his obscure web site rant so quickly?
Then there’s this weirdness, how do you get stories this conflicting?
Stack, who moved to Austin from California a few years ago, complained he could not make a living with his software company, Embedded Arts.
Around 8 a.m., Stack's house in North Austin was set ablaze, officials said.
A neighbor rescued his wife, classical pianist Sheryl Housh Stack, a teaching assistant at the University of Texas, and her 12-year-old daughter,
Margaux, according to KXAN-TV.
Other reports said the wife and daughter arrived home after spending the night in a hotel to find the house burning.
CNN reports that a federal official claims the pilot had set his house
on fire beforehand, stole the plane and crashed it intentionally. 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.
Joe Stack, who owned a small plane, was missing…
The four-seat single-engine Piper Cherokee came in low, nearly hitting power lines, and was roaring at full throttle on impact, the witnesses said.
The tail number matched Stack’s plane, officials said.
Remarkably, though the plane hit a seven-story office building just before 10 a.m., sparking a 50-foot fireball and breaking most of the windows, only
two people were injured.
AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) – Austin fire officials say one person’s unaccounted for after a small plane crashed into an building that houses offices
of the Internal Revenue Service. According to CNN, The pilot of the plane had set his house on fire beforehand, stole the plane and crashed it
intentionally, a federal official told CNN.
The Federal Aviation Administration is reporting to CNN that the plane departed Georgetown airport north of Austin about 9:40 a.m. and was a Cirrus SR
22. The pilot evidently did not file a flight plan, according to reports. No flight plan is required because it is a VFR (visual flight rules) day,
meaning clear weather.
An Austin, Texas, resident with an apparent grudge against the Internal Revenue Service set his house on fire Thursday and then crashed [no
mention of stole] a small plane into a building housing an IRS office with nearly 200 employees, officials said.
Federal authorities identified the pilot of the Piper Cherokee PA-28 as Joseph Andrew Stack, 53.
Now remember, this is a VITALLY important detail.
If Stack stole the plane, then there is no way to tie Stack to the crime.
It would be impossible to know who was flying that plane if the tail number didn’t tie back to Stack, at least until the rubble was searched and his
burned body was identified.
There is also no way the press could have found and tied the suicide web note back to Stack so quickly unless he was identified by the tail number.
If the Fed’s go with the “stolen plane” route, then the entire thing is wildly suspect.
In his rant, Stack never mentions what exactly his plan was, so if someone just randomly found the web page and reported it to the media, there’s
still no way to tie it back to Stack without knowing who the pilot was, being identified by the tail number.
Also, if Stack was under financial duress, how could he afford a plane? A seriously old beat up Cherokee will run you around 30K, not including
maintenance, storage, and gas which are fairly outrageous. If the plane was a Cirrus SR 22, you're looking at a cool 250K for a used one. Thus, it
makes the type of plane important.
Stack says he was wiped out and forced to dip into retirement savings before moving to TX, if you’re wiped out, typically you don’t keep a plane
Stack then says presently he had a boatload of undocumented income which caused him trouble with the IRS when he tried to report it. If its causing
trouble with the IRS, then its not undocumented. And he must not have kept it in a bank or it would have been discovered. How did he pay for the
plane, which he must have bought after moving out to TX, in order for his rant to make any sense?
Did he pay cash?
How long did he have the plane and when did he get his pilots license?
[edit on 18-2-2010 by mnemeth1]