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National Transportation Safety Board
NTSB ID: CEN10FA124 Occurrence Date: 02/18/2010 Occurrence Type: Accident Aircraft Registration Number: N2889D Most Critical Injury: Fatal Investigated By: NTSB

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Location/Time
Nearest City/Place State

Zip Code

Local Time

Time Zone

Austin
Airport Proximity:

TX

78759

1022

CST

Distance From Landing Facility:

Aircraft Information Summary
Aircraft Manufacturer Model/Series Type of Aircraft

PIPER

PA-28-236

Airplane

Revenue Sightseeing Flight: Narrative

Air Medical Transport Flight: No

Brief narrative statement of facts, conditions and circumstances pertinent to the accident/incident:

On February 18, 2010, approximately 0958 Central Standard Time, N2889D, a Piper PA-28-236 single-engine airplane, was destroyed after the pilot intentionally flew it into the side of an office building in Austin, Texas. The private pilot and an employee who worked in the building were killed. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight originated from the Georgetown Municipal Airport (GTU), Georgetown, Texas, at 0944. Preliminary review of air traffic control communications and radar data revealed that after the pilot was cleared for take off from Georgetown Airport, he proceeded southbound and climbed to an altitude of 4,800 feet. During this time, a controller approved a radio frequency change and the pilot responded, "Eight niner delta thanks for your help have a great day." No further communications were made with the pilot. At 0954, the airplane was observed on radar descending out of 4,800 feet and making a turn toward the west. At 0957, the airplane was last observed on radar at an altitude of 1,000 feet on a southwesterly heading before the data ended. The airplane collided with the office building between the first and second floors, and exploded on impact. The airplane's engine, two (of three) propeller blades, and the right wing came to rest outside of the building. The empennage came to rest on the ledge of the building and was partially hanging over the edge. The left wing, portions of the fuselage, and a propeller blade, were found inside the building on the second floor. The flaps were found in the fully retracted position. The airplane was destroyed by impact and the post-impact fire. The weather at Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), Austin Texas, at 0953, was reported as calm wind, visibility 10 miles, few clouds at 25,000 feet, temperature 9 degrees Celsius, dew point 1 degree Celsius, and a barometric pressure setting of 30. 24. As this event was an intentional investigation. Updated on Dec 20 2010 4:02PM act, the FBI has assumed jurisdiction and control of the

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National Transportation Safety Board

NTSB ID: CEN10FA124 Occurrence Date: 02/18/2010 Occurrence Type: Accident

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Landing Facility/Approach Information
Airport Name

Airport ID:

Airport Elevation Ft. MSL

Runway Used

Runway Length

Runway Width

Runway Surface Type: Runway Surface Condition:

Approach/Arrival Flown:

VFR Approach/Landing:

Aircraft Information
Aircraft Manufacturer Model/Series Serial Number

PIPER
Airworthiness Certificate(s):

PA-28-236

28-7911227

Landing Gear Type: Amateur Built Acft? No Engine Type: Number of Seats: 4 Certified Max Gross Wt. Engine Manufacturer: LBS Model/Series: Number of Engines: 1 Rated Power:

Reciprocating
- Aircraft Inspection Information
Type of Last Inspection Date of Last Inspection Time Since Last Inspection Hours Airframe Total Time Hours

- Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) Information
ELT Installed?/Type
ELT Operated?

ELT Aided in Locating Accident Site?

Owner/Operator Information
Registered Aircraft Owner Street Address

12407 MOPAC Expressway, #100-112 STACK JOSEPH A
City State Zip Code

Austin
Street Address Operator of Aircraft City Operator Designator Code:

TX

78719

STACK JOSEPH A
Operator Does Business As:

State

Zip Code

- Type of U.S. Certificate(s) Held: None
Air Carrier Operating Certificate(s):

Operating Certificate: Regulation Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation Type of Flight Operation Conducted: Personal

Operator Certificate:

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NTSB ID: CEN10FA124 Occurrence Date: 02/18/2010 Occurrence Type: Accident

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First Pilot Information
Name

City

State

Date of Birth

Age

Sex:

Seat Occupied:

Occupational Pilot?

Certificate Number:

Certificate(s):

Airplane Rating(s): Rotorcraft/Glider/LTA: Instrument Rating(s): Instructor Rating(s):

Current Biennial Flight Review? Medical Cert.: Medical Cert. Status: Date of Last Medical Exam:

- Flight Time Matrix
Total Time Pilot In Command(PIC) Instructor Instruction Received Last 90 Days Last 30 Days
Last 24 Hours

All A/C

This Make and Model

Airplane Single Engine

Airplane Mult-Engine

Night Actual

Instrument Simulated

Rotorcraft

Glider

Lighter Than Air

Seatbelt Used?

Shoulder Harness Used?

Toxicology Performed?

Second Pilot? No

Flight Plan/Itinerary
Type of Flight Plan Filed:

Departure Point

State

Airport Identifier

Departure Time

Time Zone

Destination

State

Airport Identifier

Type of Clearance: Type of Airspace:

Weather Information
Source of Wx Information:

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NTSB ID: CEN10FA124 Occurrence Date: 02/18/2010 Occurrence Type: Accident

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Weather Information
WOF ID Observation Time Time Zone

WOF Elevation Ft. MSL

WOF Distance From Accident Site NM Ft. AGL

Direction From Accident Site Deg. Mag.

Sky/Lowest Cloud Condition: Lowest Ceiling: Temperature: Wind Direction: Visibility (RVR): Precip and/or Obscuration: Ft. Ft. AGL Visibility:

Condition of Light: SM Altimeter: "Hg

°C

Dew Point: Wind Speed: Visibility (RVV)

°C

Weather Conditions at Accident Site: Wind Gusts: SM

Accident Information
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed Aircraft Fire: Ground Aircraft Explosion Ground

- Injury Summary Matrix
First Pilot Second Pilot Student Pilot Flight Instructor Check Pilot Flight Engineer Cabin Attendants Other Crew Passengers - TOTAL ABOARD Other Ground - GRAND TOTAL -

Fatal

Serious

Minor

None

TOTAL

1

1

1 1 2

1 1 2

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NTSB ID: CEN10FA124 Occurrence Date: 02/18/2010 Occurrence Type: Accident

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Administrative Information
Investigator-In-Charge (IIC)

Leah D. Yeager
Additional Persons Participating in This Accident/Incident Investigation:

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