5 years since Echelon building plane crash

Photo Courtesy: Federal Bureau of Investigation

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Wednesday marks the fifth anniversary since a sad event in Austin’s history: when a suicide pilot crashed his small plane into the Echelon building. On Feb. 18, 2010, Joseph Stack flew his plane into the Echelon office complex. The impact killed Stack and IRS Manager Vernon Hunter.

Before the crash, Stack posted a suicide note on his website talking about his long-running feud with the IRS. He also set his North Austin house on fire in the Scofield Farms neighborhood.

Meanwhile, the Echelon Building has been rebuilt and is now reopened, but the IRS no longer has offices there.

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