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Austin plane crash has ties to Lincoln

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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The software engineer who flew his small plane into an Austin, Texas office building Thursday morning has a link to Lincoln. A U.S. law official identified the pilot as Joseph Stack, and is thought to have died in the crash, according to Associated Press reports. According to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Web site, Stack had an aircraft registered to a Lincoln address, which is for a post office box. The P.O. Box is at PJ’s Parcel and Mail Service in Lincoln from January 1997 to January 2005, according to owner Polly Rowan. “He didn’t really spend any time talking to me, he just picked up his mail,” Rowan said, when asked what Stack was like. Dave Daly, manager of the Lincoln Regional Airport, said the only record the airport has of Stack being in Lincoln is of the pilot fueling his plane between March and September of 2002. Daly said he’d never met Stack. Residents The News Messenger talked to had no recollections of Stack. The building Stack crashed his plane into housed nearly 200 federal tax employees, and the crash was an effort to blow up IRS offices, according to AP. Austin Fire Department Division Chief Dawn Clopton told the AP one person from the building is unaccounted for, and two people were hospitalized, but Clopton had no information about the pilot.