The Bank of America Tower is a 42-story skyscraper located in Downtown Tampa and was completed in 1986. At 176 m (577 ft) tall, it surpassed One Tampa City Center as the tallest building in Tampa, until completion of 100 North Tampa in 1992. The structure was originally known as Barnett Plaza. The structure currently contains around of rentable space.
On January 5
, just four months after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks
, 15-year-old amateur pilot Charles Bishop
stole a Cessna
plane and flew into the Bank of America building in Downtown Tampa
. Bishop died, but there were no other injuries (because the crash occurred on a Saturday, when few people were in the building). A suicide note
found in the wreckage expressed support for Osama bin Laden
. Bishop had been taking a prescription
medicine for acne
that may have had the side effect
or severe psychosis
. His family later sued Hoffman-La Roche, the company that makes Accutane, for $70 million; however, an autopsy found no traces of the drug in the teenager's system.