Teen Suicide Pilot May Have Targeted Air Base

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Newly released FBI documents say a 15-year-old boy who stole a plane and crashed it into a skyscraper might have originally targeted MacDill Air Force Base in his suicide mission.

An FBI review of Charles Bishop’s Internet activity showed that the teen sought maps of the base and information about the facility. He also sent an e-mail to a classmate asking where Central Command was on the base, according to a story first reported in the Tampa Tribune.

Bishop died Jan. 5, 2002, when he flew a Cessna stolen from a flight school into the Bank of America building in downtown Tampa. He left a note expressing sympathy for Osama bin Laden.


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