Federal Agencies Team Up To Probe Texas Plane Crash

02.19.10 | FL News Team

A massive investigation is underway today after the deliberate crash of a light plane into an office building in Austin, Texas on Thursday. The crash set off enormous fireballs that razed the seven-story building and sent debris flying into rush-hour traffic. The FBI, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms have teamed up with state and local law enforcement in investigating the crash.

 Austin firefighters pulled two bodies from the wrecked building. The first is believed to be that of the plane's 53-year-old pilot, Joseph Stack. Stack left a rambling suicide note on the Internet ranting against the federal government, particularly the Internal Revenue Service, which had offices in the building. Before the crash, police say Stack destroyed his house by setting it on fire.

 The second body also hasn't been identified yet and authorities would not confirm if it is a missing federal employee who worked in the building. Eleven people were treated at the scene for minor burns or smoke inhalation. Two people were admitted to a local hospital but were reportedly responsive and alert. About 200 people worked in the building.