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Pilot commits suicide by crashing into IRS offices

AP Photo/Austin-American Statesman, Deborah Cannon
AP Photo/Austin-American Statesman, Deborah Cannon

At approximately 9:40am Joseph Andrew Stack departed Georgetown Airport in his 1979 Piper Dakota N2889D. Less than 20 minutes later he flew the plane into the first floor of an office building, The Echelon, at 9420 N. Research Blvd.  The building housed one of the local IRS divisions.  This division had a long history with Mr Stack.  For years he battled the IRS, today he decided to end his dispute.

53 year old Joseph Stack piloted his Piper Dakota into an IRS office
AP Photo/Courtesy of Pam Parker

It was reported that Wednesday night he and his wife argued.  The argument may have been about his problems with the IRS.  The fight was so tumultuous,that his wife took their 12 year old daughter and spent the night at a local hotel.  

At some point before he left home for the airport, Joseph posted on his website his suicide message on his website at  Therein he described his battle against the government which has according to him been a fight he battled with for years.  He then set his home ablaze and headed for the airport one last time.

Mr. Joseph A. Stack III was clearly attacking the IRS offices located in the building.  The final paragraph of his rambling post reads;

I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different. I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.

Early reports were wildly speculative about the aircraft and the motive.  A witness who passed the scene a few minutes after the accident, Glenn Reilly, accurately described the plane as a Piper.  "The stabilator was hanging out of the building and had ribs just like a Piper"  

The FAA showed the plane registered to Joseph A. Stack from California was a Piper Dakota.


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