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Official: Plane crash into office building ‘a criminal act’

Austin-American Statesman [1]
Thursday, February 18, 2010

FBI personnel talk to people near the site where a small aircraft ...

A plane crashed into a Northwest Austin building that houses federal offices about 9:30 this morning, injuring several people and sending plumes of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles.

Mathilda Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the Seton Family of Hospitals, said University Medical Center Brackenridge received two patients, and that no other hospitals had received any.

CNN [2] is quoting federal officials as saying the pilot had set his home ablaze before intentionally crashing plane into the building.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the crash was “apparently a criminal act” and that in such a case the FBI would be the lead investigating agency rather than the National Transportation Safety Administration.

“The NTSB investigates accidents,” said Paul Turk, assistant director of public affairs for the FAA.

Turk could not confirm that the plane that hit the building belonged to Joseph Andrew Stack, the private plane pilot whose nearby home was on fire at roughly the same time.

Full story here. [1]