Second Body Discovered in Texas Plane Wreckage

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Emergency crews in Austin, Texas have found a second body in the wreckage of a building where a small plane crashed Thursday.

Authorities say the pilot, Joseph Stack, was furious with the Internal Revenue Service and launched a suicide attack on the building where nearly 200 IRS employees worked.

Stack, a 53-year-old software engineer, owned two businesses-- both of which were suspended by the state tax board.  His family also said he had problems with the IRS and his marriage was in trouble.

Still, questions remain as to whether to define the incident as domestic terrorism or simply a deranged man with a grudge against the government.

"I'll let you choose what you want to call it," said Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo. "I call it a cowardly potentially criminal act and there's no excuse for it."

But one Texas resident didn't mince words saying, "I call it terrorism. It's home grown terrorism. It's no different than what Timothy McVeigh did in Oklahoma City."

Pilot Angry with the Government

Friends in Austin have described Stack as ordinary. So what motivated him? A tirade posted Thursday on a Web site registered in his name may provide answers.

On the site, Stack told his story of financial reverses, difficulty finding work and at least two clashes with the IRS. He also railed against politicians, the Catholic Church and big business.

"Violence not only is the answer - it is the only answer," Stack concluded.

"It sounded like a huge, huge bang," one survivor recalled. "Our whole building shook like it was going to shatter."

Another survivor said, "The heat was so massive and so intense on the second floor that it just pretty much, all the glass just started falling off."

The Investigation Continues

Meanwhile, federal agents are expected to spend Friday picking apart Stack's Web post and combing through the plane's wreckage, searching for evidence of what boosted the crash's explosive power.

"It did not look like he didn't have control," witness Matt Farney said. "It just looked like he was flying as smooth as can be."

Authorities also said they believed Stack might have set fire to his own home right before the crash.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross says his wife plans to speak to the media Friday, perhaps offering more clues about the tragic event.

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