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Friday, February 19, 2010

Austin Plane Crash

Echelon Building Austin Struck With Small Plane.

Austin Plane Crash
Building Austin, TX was struck by a small plane just as the 9/11 terrorist attack on Twin Towers. The investigations are going on, to establish the cause and source of the crash rigorously.

As per the latest news from ground zero, two people were gravely injured with the attack and were taken to hospital immediately, apart from the two there are others still unaccounted for. The plane crashed into Echelon Building Austin Texas was stolen from the airport and was a small four seater plane.

The plane was flown by Joe Stack who had some personal grudges against IRS services and to take the revenge he took this step. The pilot Joe Stack is presumed dead and it is known that the he before executing this crash, burned his own house along with little daughter and his wife.

Investigators are looking into the reason of the Austin plane crash deeply and are making sure that there are no terrorist strings attached to the crash. Meanwhile complete protection and security alerts has been sent all over and the security agencies are making sure nothing ill happens due to the crash. Also there hasn’t been any terrorist involvement established in the crash till now.

US rules out terrorist activity in Austin plane crash

The Cirrus SR22 aircraft took off from Georgetown at 9:40 am and struck the building at Research Boulevard in northwest Austin minutes later, federal officials said.

Black smoke was coming out from the second and third storeys of the building as fire crews using ladder trucks and hoses battled the fire.

Austin Assistant Fire Chief Harry Evans said it appeared the plane struck the second floor of the building that also houses private firms.
Federal officials said two F-16 fighter jets were launched as a precaution after the crash.

“We do not yet know the cause of the plane crash. At this time, we have no reason to believe there is a nexus to criminal or terrorist activity,” the Department of Homeland Security said in a press statement.

“We are in the process of coordinating with state officials and other federal partners to gather more information,” said the Department of Homeland Security.

According to local Houston Chronicle said a person close to the investigation said the home of the suspected pilot, whose name was not released, burned down.

Austin Plane Crash Has Silicon Valley Roots

Before tech entrepreneur Joseph Andrew Stack crashed a small plane into a building that houses federal tax employees in Austin, Texas, he wrote an angry rant explaining his frustration with the Internal Revenue Service, authorities said.

His story is a glimpse into Silicon Valley’s dark side — the counterpart to bubbly IPOs and funding rounds, a reminder that so many startups fail, and that so many would-be innovators go astray.

In the 3,202 word manifesto posted on his company's website, Stack complains about corporate corruption while extolling the virtues of Communism. But tucked in the middle of the engineer's words is his connection to the Silicon Valley and how his time here started the events that drove him to Thursday's attack.

Stack started working as an engineer in 1983 and made his way to Southern California where he started his own company called Prowess Engineering. In 1998, Stack moved the then successful company north to "to take advantage of growth in the Silicon Valley."

But here is where the 54-years-old's troubles began, according to his own writings. After three years working in the Sacramento area and "after weathering a divorce," Stack wrote that his already struggling company was hit hard by a suddenly slow economy.

"Then came the .COM bust and the 911 nightmare," he wrote. "Our leaders decided that all aircraft were grounded for what seemed like an eternity; and long after that, ‘special' facilities like San Francisco were on security alert for months. This made access to my customers prohibitively expensive. Ironically, after what they had done the Government came to the aid of the airlines with billions of our tax dollars … as usual they left me to rot and die while they bailed out their rich, incompetent cronies WITH MY MONEY!"

Law enforcement officials say Stack was furious with the Internal Revenue Service and his writings show much of his trouble with money and the IRS started while working in the Silicon Valley.

Struggling to help his business recover, Stack invested much of his savings and retirement to move to Austin, Texas "for a change." But Stack said he never had such a difficult time finding work in an environment "where damn little real engineering work is done."

Stack wrote that he used the rest of his savings and retirement to survive and he did not file a tax return because he didn't have any income. Stack wrote the IRS came after him and forced him to '"bend over for another $10,000 helping of justice."

Stack’s tale is a sad one. But in his disturbed rantings, there’s a useful reminder: In Silicon Valley, “founder” has more than one meaning.

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