Incident Summary:

1/5/2002: Charles Bishop, a local 15-year-old, stole a Cessna 172R airplane and crashed it into the 28th and 29th floors of the Bank of America Building in downtown Tampa, Florida, United States. Bishop had written a suicide letter claiming to be sympathetic with the 9/11 highjackers and Osama bin Laden, however there is no evidence that he was connected directly to any terrorist organizations. Charles Bishop was the only one who died. There were also no injuries as the building was evacuated before being hit by the plane.



United States

North America

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Location Details:
The incident occurred at 101 E. Kennedy Blvd.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Bank of America
Specific Description Plaza Building
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
Cessna 172R Airplane
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt about Charles Bishop's mental state. There are claims that his actions were due to psychosis induced by the drug Accutane.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Brad Smith, "Skyscraper Hit", Tampa Tribune, January 6, 2002.
Derek McGinty, "Charles Bishop crashes plane in Tampa skyscraper, indicates sympathies toward bin Laden", World News This Morning, January 7, 2002.
Bobbi Harley, "Charles Bishop crashes plane into Tampa skyscraper", CBS Evening News, January 6, 2002