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Sunday, 6 January, 2002, 01:10 GMT
Chilling reminder of terror attacks
Wreckage of Tampa plane sticking out of the Bank of America, Tampa
There is unlikely to be any significant structural damage
By Mike Fox in Washington

It is another reminder of the 11 September attacks, but this crash was on a completely different scale.

A light aircraft has crashed into an office building in downtown Tampa, Florida, killing its pilot.

Initial reports suggest the building was empty and no-one else was hurt.

Television pictures from the scene showed the badly damaged fuselage and tail of the light aircraft hanging out of one floor in the middle of the 40-storey Bank of America building in downtown Tampa.

Teenage pilot

It seems unlikely that there is any significant structural damage to the building and FBI officials say they do not think it was a terrorist attack.

The coastguard says the pilot was a 15-year-old who did not have a license.

He made an unauthorised take-off and ignored orders to land. The plane was being followed by a coastguard helicopter at the time of the crash.

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