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Austin Plane Crashes Into IRS Offices

U.S. officials are investigating a plane crash that collided with the Internal Revenue Service's Austin, Texas, office and also adjacent to FBI offices. Authorities have not determined if the plane crash was intentional that left 1 person missing and two people injured. The impact of the crash caused a large fire that blew out windows, left paperwork strewn and blowing everywhere, and sent employees scrambling to evacuate.

Many different agencies are working at determining exactly why the Piper Cherokee plane crashed. They have determined that Joseph Andrew Stack piloted the plane but are not certain if he owned the plane. Local fire departments are searching for survivors. Local and State Police are on the scene. A representative from the Dallas office of National Transportation Safety Board was sent to further the investigation. The North American Aerospace Defense Command sent two F-16 planes from Ellington Field, Houston, Texas, to patrol the skies over the crash site.

Witnesses of this event described the details of crash. Peggy Walker, an office worker within the building, said as if "It felt like a bomb blew off. The ceiling caved in and windows blew in. We got up and ran." Matt Farney, a 39 year old man in a nearby parking lot said he watched the plane and "figured he [the pilot] was going to buzz the apartments or he was showing off. It was insane. ... It didn't look like he was out of control or anything."

Effects from the crash were felt as far as a half mile away. Michelle Sanibanez, an accountant, was at her desk and compared this plane crash to those of 9/11: "It was the same kind of scenario with window panels falling out and desks falling out and paperwork flying."

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