Daughter says pilot in Texas IRS crash was a hero

Smoke billows from a seven-story building after a small private plane crashed into the building in Austin, Texas on Thursday Feb. 18, 2010. (Jay Janner)

February 22, 2010 5:36:27 AM PST
The daughter of a man who crashed his small plane into an IRS building in Texas is calling her father a hero.

Joe Stack's adult daughter, Samantha Bell, tells ABC's "Good Morning America" the plane attack was "inappropriate." But she praised his anti-government and anti-tax views.

Asked if he considered her father a hero, she said "yes." She spoke in a telephone interview from Norway, where she lives.

Bell says her father was not a hero for taking a life, but "because now maybe people will listen."

Authorities say the 53-year-old Stack targeted the IRS office building in Austin last week, killing employee Vernon Hunter and himself, after posting a ranting manifesto against the agency.

Hunter's son, Ken Hunter, says he's alarmed by comments that called the pilot a hero.

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