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'Easygoing' Austin Pilot Presumed Dead

One office worker remains unaccounted for
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2010 4:41 PM CST
Updated Feb 18, 2010 5:34 PM CST
'Easygoing' Austin Pilot Presumed Dead
A firefighter on a ladder works on putting out a fire at the building.   (AP Photo / Austin-American Statesman, Ralph Barrera)

(Newser) – The man accused of flying his small plane into IRS offices in Austin today is described as "easygoing" by a friend. “He talked politics like everyone but didn’t show any obsession,” says Pam Parker, who managed a band that Andrew Joseph Stack played in as recently as last year. "The letter sounded like his voice but it was nothing I ever heard him say," she tells CBS, referring to the anti-IRS screed posted online.

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Stack, a 53-year-old software engineer, set his own house on fire before taking flight, officials tell CNN. Though about 200 IRS employees worked in the office complex struck by the plane, only two people have been reported injured. Another person who works in the office remains unaccounted for, and Stack himself is presumed dead. The FBI says his body hasn't been recovered, but forensic investigation is under way to confirm his identity, reports AP. (Read more Joseph Andrew Stack stories.)

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