to Half Century of Needless Aviation Disasters
And Terrorist Successes—and Their Enablers
The direct cause of aviation disasters are usually determined and reported. But what is almost never made known, or even understood by many accident investigators, are the behind-the-scene factors that enabled to occur the direct causes of aviation disasters. These factors are usually known only by a few people in position to know, and who have the experience and intelligence to r3ecognize the enabling causes.
The person behind this site, former airline safety inspector Rodney Stich, has probably the closest and most unusual experiences to report intelligently on these matters. His first documentary book on these matters, Unfriendly Skies, an Aviation Watergate, was published in 1978 to excellent book reviews. Today, that book is in the fourth edition and renamed, History of Aviation Disasters: 1950 to 9/11. Since the same conditions continue to exist, it will probably be eventually succeeded with the title, History of Aviation Disasters: 1959 to 9/11 and Beyond.
This site provides highlights, and for those who are interested in intrigue involving misconduct in government, or simply understanding more about the factors that affect their lives, read the not-for-profit documentary book by someone that fought for many years a David vs. Goliath battle while one major catastrophic ripple effect after the other occurred, and continues to occur.
The documented enabling effects fell generally into the following areas of conduct:
Incompetence among many people in the government's aviation safety offices.
Cowardice among those who witness the misconduct but are fearful of retaliation if they speak out. This is universal in government service, and was common among the regulators responsible for oversight in the financial industry.
Management personnel and culture that repeatedly covers up for safet5y problems and blocks reports of their existence.
Retaliation against those very few competent inspectors who seek to carry out their safety responsibilities and report or attempt to take legally-required correct actions.
Added elements enter the drama involving the unprecedented actions taken by Stich during and after his government period. Ares of intrigue are revealed that are beyond what almost anyone could comprehend happening in the United States. And IF understood, an entirely different picture appears concerning the enabling events of September 11, 2001, and the aftermath. Unfortunately, a level of interest and concern needed to read and understand these matters is sadly missing among Americans today. For that, they continue to pay a heavy price. And the catastrophic consequences of that indifference has made possible the multiple tragedies that continue to affect the American people.
United Airlines Crash
into New York City:
World's Worst Aviation Disaster in 1960
These highlights start with the world's worst aviation disaster at that time, a United Airlines DC-8 crash into the Brooklyn section of New York City. The enabling factors included massive corruption and the usual cover-ups, with the continuing enabling culture appearing also in the flying of a United Airlines and American Airlines flight into New York City's World Trade Center buildings.
The world's worst airline disasters at the time that Stich was an FAA airline safety inspector was the United Airlines DC-8 crash into the heart of New York City. It was one of the crashes that caused the FAA to give to FAA inspector Rodney Stich the hands-on assignment to correct the conditions responsible for the worst series of airline disasters in the nation's history (and certain key people at United Airlines was responsible for the majority of them).
The direct cause of the crash was the pilot's incredibly poor performance, which arose from the documented refusal by United Airlines personnel to provide legally required training and competency checks to its crewmembers, falsification of its safety records, threats upon federal air safety inspectors who sought report and take corrective actions on these matters. And much more.
By pressuring FAA management to ignore these major safety violations, United Airlines management personnel played key roles in a 20-year-pattern of fatal crashes associated with these problems, and played a key role in the FAA culture. This culture resulted in FAA refusal to order the simple corrective actions that would have prevented many fatal airline crashes, including the September 11, 2001, terrorist hijackings that would have been prevented by ordering two simple corrective measures.
The danger of fatal hijackings was obvious from their repetitive happenings, and as reported by federal air safety inspectors−including Rodney Stich−along with the simple corrective actions that by law FAA management were required to order.
Ironically, the next airliner crash into New York City after the United DC-8 disaster occurred on September 11, 2001, made possible by the same corruption within the FAA and United Airlines. Another irony, key people at United Airlines had threatened the two inspectors seeking to correct the problems resulting in a series of air disasters. In this way they aided in the continuation of the corrupt culture within the FAA that would result in other United Airlines crashes−and the September 11, 2001, tragedies.
United Airlines' Criminal Falsification of
FAA management covered up for the fact that a prior investigation showed that key people at United Airlines were saving the airline considerable money by denying to the cockpit crewmembers the legally required periodic training and competency-check requirements, and then criminally falsifying government-required records to falsely indicate that the most important aviation safety requirements had been completed. The NTSB forerunner accident investigation agency then covered up for
As usual, none of the people whose conduct enabled these great tragedies to occur ever suffered any personal or financial loss. On the contrary, they profited, while the people who attempted to report and halt the misconduct paid heavily. This same culture is everywhere in the United States. Most recent examples are the people whose misconduct enabled the conditions to exist that made it easy for four groups of relatively unsophisticated terrorists to hijack four airliners and kill nearly 3,000 people. Another recent example of the personal and financial harm resulting from know and repeatedly reported misconduct is in the current worsening housing and financial frauds.
All of the above, and more, occurred in the areas of federal airline safety responsibilities of FAA inspector Rodney Stich, whom had repeatedly reported the serious safety problems, corruption, and even criminal misconduct that enabled them to occur. The culture of cover-up in the United States kept the system going as it existed, enabling such ripple effects as the hijackings of four airliners on September 11, 2001.
Under law, lawsuits could still be filed today, based on the material fraud that was not known at that time.
United Airlines DC-8 Crash at Denver Airport
United Airlines DC-8 crash at the Denver airport, in which many of the passengers were cremated alive. The direct causes of the crash arose from refusal to perform legally required training and competency checks, felony falsification of federally required safety records, threats against inspectors by United Airlines and FAA management personnel, and other problems.
The primary misconduct at United Airlines was covered up by FAA management, that had for various reasons allowed the misconduct to continue. The FAA however issued the most strongly-worded safety training requirements, requiring the airline to provide on a yearly basis, training in the emergency evacuation of passengers by the crew members. Many of the deaths
United Airlines Crash at Salt Lake
Classic of Massive Corruption and Deaths
United Airlines Boeing 727 crash at the Salt Lake City airport, another crash in which many of the passengers were cremated alive. The official report by the NTSB on the causes of the crash and deaths included:
What the NTSB political board members deliberately withheld from that report included the following:
The overall safety problems involved in a long line of airline disasters involving United Airlines and the culture within the FAA included:
Stich appeared as guest on over 3,000 radio and TV programs, and over 30,000 books were sold for the various editions of Unfriendly Skies, making it probable that many of the next-of-kin knew about these problems. Not a single one ever made any effort to have these matters investigated. The only known reaction was to sue the airline for money.
United Airlines Crash Into Portland, Oregon
United Airlines DC-8 crash at Portland, Oregon. (Flight engineer and passengers killed.) Same problems with training and competency checks, enabled to occur by the usual endemiccover-ups. That disaster occurred shortly after the first edition of Unfriendly Skies had been released, and threatened to expose the corruption responsible for a series of prior forewarned and preventable aviation disasters--and the prior cover-ups by the political board members of the NTSB.
Apparently to avoid this information from appearing in the NTSB records, the NTSB can celled the normal public hearing.
United Airlines Crash Into Chicago
United Airlines crash at
Midway Airport in Chicago. (Everyone on board was killed.)
Same problems with training
and competency checks and endemic cover-ups. Element of Watergate
involved in the list of passengers.
United Airlines Crash Into Lake Michigan
United Airlines crash into Lake Michigan. (Everyone killed.) Caused by lack of altitude awareness that inspector Stich had previously reported and working on corrective actions, which were barred by FAA management who claimed there was no such problem. Same type of crash-causing problem as affecting American Airlines as it crashed during a night approach to Louisville, Kentucky during this same time period.
All of these, and other crashes, occurred in the program for which FAA inspector Rodney Stich had primary hands-on federal safety responsibilities, while he was repeatedly writing strongly worded reports on the corruption related to them. The corruption being of key people at United Airlines and within the government's aviation safety offices.
United Airlines Crash Departing Los Angeles
United Airlines Boeing 727 crash into the Pacific Ocean immediately after takeoff from Los Angeles, with everyone being killed. Same problems as in prior crashes and some that followed. Further complicated by FAA and United Airline personnel ignoring prior warnings that the failure by United Airlines to have a backup-power for flight instruments would result in the total loss of an aircraft; the illegal departure with a non-functioning generator. As in prior crashes, the cover-ups by FAA management, NTSB board members, members of Congress, enabled these and many other preventable airline disasters to occur.
Other United Airlines Crashes
Enabled by Pattern of Corruption
Most of the previously mentioned crashes at United Airlines occurred while FAA inspector Rodney Stich had primary safety responsibilities for the airline after being given the assignment to correct what was at that time the worse series of airline disasters in the nation's history. A few of the other crashes involving United Airlines are briefly stated here:
United Airlines DC-6 crash during approach to Oakland Airport:
United Airlines DC-8 crash into the mountains during a holding pattern at Salt Lake City.
United Airlines CV 340 crash landing in the mountains between Bakersfield and Los Angeles due to fuel mismanagement.
United Airlines DC-7 ramming of TWA Constellation over the Grand Canyon.
United Airlines DC-6 crash near Bryce Canyon, Utah.
United Airlines DC-6 crash near Mt Carmel.
United Airlines DC-4 crash during night shortcut near Laramie, Wyoming.
United Airlines midair collision near Las Vegas.
Prior United Airlines Disasters: Same Enabling Causes
Many Near-Crashes of United Airlines Flights
A Boeing 747 departing San Francisco International airport missed crashing into a hill during departure when the pilot flying mishandled the controls during a temporary engine surge. Other near disasters were periodically made known to former federal agent Rodney Stich by pilots from United Airlines.
American Airlines Crash at Cincinnati
No other airline had the crash-after-crash history of United Airlines. Nor did the other airliners have the reputation among federal airline safety inspectors for the amount of deliberate and criminal misconduct and threats to have FAA management take retaliatory actions against inspectors who refused to look the other way. This particular crash is mentioned because it was due to lack of altitude awareness, a safety problem that FAA inspector had observed and reported in writing, along with recommended corrective actions. As usual, those recommendations were ignored.
Paris DC-10 Disaster
Enabled by Gross FAA Misconduct
Very few people, including airline pilots, remember, or even heard of, the deadly problems associated with the DC-10, the crashes, and the near crashes. Among the many problems with the aircraft were:
The same FAA management in the Western Region, that FAA inspector Stich had repeatedly reported as captives of the industry they regulated repeatedly covered up for safety problems and even criminal safety violations that resulted in a continuing series of major airline disasters.
Only a very few insiders in the FAA knew of the documented misconduct that allowed major design problems to go uncorrected. After the most brutal of the DC-10 disasters, a plunge of a DC-10 into the ground near Paris, lawsuits were filed in the federal courts at Los Angeles. Because of the insider knowledge that former FAA inspector Rodney Stich possessed that showed the arrogance and corruption that resulted in that disaster, Stich filed a friend of the court brief, as shown by the following documents:
Alaska Airlines Crash
Off California Coast:
Sampling of Another FAA Inspector's Problems
Other competent and concerned FAA inspectors experienced a sampling of FAA management misconduct and wholesale deaths. One of many examples stated in History of Aviation Disasters: 1950 to 9/11 was the deaths of everyone on board an Alaska Airlines crash off the California coast. The principle FAA inspector at that airline run into a small fraction of what I discovered and documented at United Airlines and the endemic FAA culture. Overall, it is a terrible picture of arrogance, corruption an thousands of deaths.
Crash of PSA 727 Into San Diego
In 1978, as the first edition of Unfriendly Skies became available, a 727 of PSA crashed into San Diego, taking the record for the world's worst air disaster from the United Airlines crash into New York City in 1960. Although FAA failure to act on the reports of flight crew drinking played an enabling role, the primary scandal was the cover-ups by the political board members of the National Transportation Safety Board of the behind-the-scene scandalous conduct—a common cover-up practice by the NTSB for years. That cover-up caused Stich to file a lawsuit against the NTSB, that had an interesting involvement by Department of Justice personnel, as described in the book.
Culture Investigating and Prosecuting Relating
To Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing Over Lockerbie
The culture of corruption involving employees of the U.S. Department of Justice, that Stich and his coalition repeatedly documented, surfaced in the U.S.-led investigation and prosecution following the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie. As detailed in the documentary books, History of Aviation Disasters: 1950 to 9/11 and Lockerbie to 9/11: Massive Fraud and Consequences, Justice Department employees protected for political purposes the people actually responsible for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 and planted bogus evidence to corruptly shift the blame to Libya and two Libyans.
Those actions enabled the actual bombers to continue their terrorist acts against the United States, outrage the people of Libya against the United States, who were victimized by the U.S.-pushed economic sanctions, and enabled the Department of Just5ice culture to continue, which then enabled the 1993 World Trade Center bomber and a series of other terrorist successes.
The prosecution of an innocent Libyan using the massive power of the United States should bee one more out of many reasons why the American public should feel shame! The harm inflicted upon the Libyan people from the U.S. imposed financial sanctions contributed to the great and justifiable hatred of people in the Middle East for the conduct of U.S. politicians.
Ripple Effects on 9/11 From
Massive Corruption of Key Government Personnel
The catastrophic events that are ripple effects from earlier misconduct is virtually never recognized except by a few astute insiders. This relationship is seen frequently in the books related to this site. And the matter of ripple effects−sometimes called the Butterfly Effect−could be seen from the culture of misconduct by key people at United Airlines and the most lasting misconduct within the FAA, and the easy hijackings of four airliners on 9/11.
Other than the terrorists themselves, there were many people whose misconduct made them enablers in the events of 9/11. If any one of them had, instead of engaging in the documents actions to block the misconduct that made is easy to hijack four airliners, helped to expose the corrupt activities they were trying to hide, the terrorists would not have succeeded, 3,000 people would not have been killed, the excuse would not have existed to start wars with Afghanistan and Iraq, the million-plus people killed since the start of two wars, and all the other tragedies that the American people have yet to experience.
But to understand this requires some mental exertion, so there is little chance of that relationship ever becoming known or used to finally become serious about doing something to halt the endemic corruption throughout the United States, in and out of government.
Key personnel at United Airlines helped set the stage for a long series of brutal and deadly airline disasters. That corruption fed into FAA management, partly due to the revolving door syndrome in government, and then fed on each other.
Key people at United Airlines were involved in massive safety irregularities that resulted in a continuing series of crashes and deaths, and even criminal falsification of government required records to cover up for costly safety requirements that were also standard at other airlines. Their misconduct fed up, or vice versa, the corrupt practices of key people within the government's aviation safety offices.
The loss of two United Airlines aircraft to terrorists on September 11, 2001, were ripple effects from the misconduct years earlier of certain people at United Airlines and a great number of people within the FAA. Both of these groups engaged in corrupt, and even criminal activities, as described in Unfriendly Skies: 20th and 21st Centuries. The actions by both groups reinforced each other, effectively blocking the few competent and dedicated federal safety agents from enforcing government safety requirements. Many other crashes followed. But particularly ironic was that two of the four airliners hijacked on 9/11 were those of United Airlines.
How ironic! And worst, as in the past, the misconduct by key United Airlines personnel in conjunction with key FAA management, resulted in the loss of other airliners, such as the two American Airline aircraft on 9/11.
To help understand how the hijackings of four airliners on 911 occurred and the relationship to the problems former federal safety agent Rodney Stich discovered and tried to report and correct, consider the following:
Four groups of terrorists were able to
hijack four airliners on 9/11 because the known procedures for preventing
hijackings were not implemented. Remember, if these were put in place,
3,000 people would not have been brutally killed on that date, and the
reason for such peripheral effects such as the U.S. invasion of Iraq would
not have occurred. If this is important to you, read on!
Why weren't the preventative measures in place? The same reason why many other preventative measures were not taken that allowed decades of preventable airline disasters to occur: the corruption within the FAA that is a matter of records in the possession of former federal agent Stich, and described in the book, Unfriendly Skies: 20th & 21st Centuries.
What people were involved in covering up for this corruption? The people involved in covering up for the corruption and even criminal activities include, among others, the following:
Members of Congress, who for years
were informed by letters of the deadly
corruption affecting airline
safety (as well as criminal activities elsewhere that affected national security). From
1964 to the present date,
letters were sent to
members of Congress on all of these matters, offering to provide
testimony and evidence. Stich even filed
against members of Congress on the basis of the cover-ups, in an
attempt to make a judicial record of their obstruction of justice
activities. The corruption in Congress that was publicized in the latter
half of 2006 were just the tip of the iceberg.
Federal judges, through
legal filings seeking to
report the federal crimes to a federal judge, as specifically provided by
the federal crime reporting statute. Federal judges responded by (a)
blocking the reports; (b) issuing unlawful and unconstitutional orders
permanently barring Stich from filing any papers in any federal court; (c)
charging Stich with criminal contempt of court for attempting to report
ongoing criminal activities. These judicial acts were
obstruction of justice felonies and
Media people. Starting while Stich
was a federal agent attempting to get publicity to the corruption so as to
bring it to a halt, Stich repeatedly
notified in writing media
people, stressing deaths and the great harm resulting to national
security, and offering to provide the testimony of himself and numerous
other former government agents. None responded, which made possible many
of the nation's worst tragedies. Reasons for the non-response would
include (a) those who are secretly receiving money from the CIA and other
government offices; (b) not wishing to offend their sources high in
government; (c) laziness, among other reasons.
Department of Justice officials. Starting while Stich was still a federal employee seeking to report the criminal activities that he discovered during his official duties, people in the various divisions of the Department of Justice were repeatedly notified of the criminal activities affecting national security. Instead of acting on the corruption, they charged Stich with criminal contempt of court in collaboration with federal judges at Sacramento, California, among other things.
They all made possible the conditions resulting in 3,000 deaths on 9/11, which were only one-day's consequences in only one of the areas involved in the corruption. Oh, one other group: the members of the public who knew of these charges, knew of the cover-ups, knew of the retaliation against the former federal agent, and who were too lazy to help!
Sampling of other pages related to the 9/11 hijackings:
Woman Jumping to Her Death, One of Over 200
Made Possible by Corrupt Enablers
More information on the enablers to those catastrophic events:
Information provided by a mole inside the al Qaeda cell headed by infamous Ramzi Yousef on the planned terrorist attack, information that was then "deep-sixth" by high-level FBI-DOJ personnel. Absence of preventative measures resulted in nearly 4,000 deaths.
Comparative blame for 9/11 between Afghanistan, Iraq, and the documented conduct of enablers in the United States.
Sacrificed to Terrorists So As To
Protect FBI Personnel Involved in Murders
As described in two of the related books, unprecedented inside information on several major terrorist attacks upon major U.S. targets was given to FBI agents in the New York City offices. These books are History of Aviation Disasters: 1950 to 9/11; Crimes of the FBI-DOJ, Mafia, and al Qaeda; and Lockerbie to 9/11: Massive Fraud and Consequences.
National Record of Deaths For Blowback Consequences
If high-level Department of Justice officials had not "deep-sixth" that information, preventative actions could have been taken to prevent the forewarned attacks that eventually killed nearly 4,000 people; eventually led to the U.S. involvement in two wars; killed and wounded over a million people; and generated the world's largest number of people wanting to kill Americans. How is that for a classic example of ripple effect consequences! Even that will probably not stir most Americans from their pursuit of trivia!
The reason for not passing on the information that could have prevented these consequences? The advance information about the planned terrorist attacks were being given to FBI agents by a former New York City Mafiosi who was scheduled to testify about the multiple murders involving his farther, a Colombo Mafia capo known as "The Killing Machine," that were carried out with the help and at the suggestion of a key FBI supervisor. That testimony would have resulted in the imprisonment of that FBI supervisor, and reveal the names of other Department of Justice personnel who knew of the murder relationship and covered up for them as the murders were occurring.
Evidence Direct From the Mafia Mole and FBI Insider
This writer acquired the details of these matters through years of correspondence with that Mafiosi that was a mole in al Qaeda primary bomb unit headed by Ramzi Yousef, and information provided by a Vietnam War hero, Richard Taus, who was an FBI agent working directly under that infamous FBI supervisor. That war hero, who saved the lives of many gravely wounded GIs trapped by enemy fire, made the mistake of exposing FBI corruption and foolishly reporting it to the nation's top cover-up body, members of Congress.
Advance Information on the Following Al Qaeda Attacks
U.S. Embassies in Africa
Hijackings of airliners to be flown into buildings.
TWA Flight 800, departing a
New York City airport was downed, shortly thereafter. Strong Suspicion of Terrorist Act. See the book,
20th & 21st Centuries. This link provides information on 100
surface-to-air missiles being made available to Middle East terrorists about
one year before the downing of TWA Flight 800; the rejection of the missiles
by FBI-CIA personnel, and the letters written by former federal agent Rodney
Stich to members of Congress seeking to prevent the transfer of the
missiles. No response−followed by the missile downing of TWA Flight 800.
Followed by the need for the standard cover-up to protect high-level
One other al Qaeda bombing for which advance information was obtained from another source: 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
Evidence of Terrorism on Downing of American Airlines Flight 587
Repeating the tactics used with the downing of TWA Flight 800, government personnel shifted the blame for the downing of American Airlines Flight 587 from a terrorist act to a structural failure of the rudder assembly. The blame was on slight turbulence that may have existed. That excuse was recognized as fabrication by any pilot with years of experience with extreme turbulence. Also, by knowledge of aircraft that due to combat or other severe encounter lost their rudder assembly and were flyable.
of Criminal conduct in the DOJ-Directed
Investigation and Prosecution Involving the Bombing of
Pan American Flight 103 Over Lockerbie
Corruption by FBI-DOJ personnel related to
downing of Pan American
Flight 103 over Lockerbie, that covered up for actual bombers
for political reasons, planted evidence that was purchased, and paid
for sworn testimony, a culture that existed and made possible
subsequent terrorist successes and deaths. That was the first of a later series of
terrorist attacks, and the corrupt acts by FBI personnel, including:
Bribing some witnesses to give perjured testimony;
Threatening other witnesses to withhold testimony revealing the FBI agents' misconduct;
Protecting the actual terrorists responsible for the bombing, for political reasons;
Falsely charging a Libyan for the crime;
Suddenly releasing the Libyan on condition that he drops the appeal that was to be heard in November 2009, that included the sworn testimony and other evidence of one of the biggest frauds ever to cover up for a major terrorist attack;
The usual withholding of this evidence from the American people by U.S. media and politicians.
The CIA drug smuggling scheme using Pan Am aircraft that facilitated the bomb placement. See Drugging America book.
Sampling of Other Informative Links
For the rare person with a serious interest in facts gravely affecting the people:
The culture of cover-ups and protection of high-level personnel among the employees of the U.S. Department of Justice.
The people in key positions in the United States engaging in criminal activities.
Federal judges engaging in a 30 year pattern of cover-ups and other crimes related to obstruction of justice and felony retaliation against a former federal agent.
Members of Congress engaging in years of cover-ups.
Insider information on
never-before-revealed enablers that made 9/11 possible.
not known about the conditions that made 9/11 hijackings incredibly easy.
letters sent to 9/11 Commission members reporting inside information on
corruption that made 9/11 possible.
A 50-year period when airline disasters were sometimes occurring every few months. Conditions changed to where the areas of corruption no longer results in a continual series of closely connected air disasters. But the consequences of the deep-seated corruption still occasionally occur, as in the easily preventable hijackings of four airliners on 9/11. The public doesn't have the slightest idea of the sordid misconduct that played enabling roles in those catastrophic events.
Endless List of U.S. Enablers
History of American Disasters
A seemingly endless list of American disasters were either caused by or enabled by the systemic corruption and systemic cover-ups that constitutes the most prominent culture among U.S. leaders. These enablers can be divided into groups in the order of the gravity of the misconduct:
Much of the American Public. For over 40 years, former federal agent Rodney Stich has made information and documentation available to the American public about these matters through book publications and over 3,000 radio-TV appearances since 1978. Many other insiders have also provided the public with information on high-level corruption, and encountering total indifference. Their indifference made possible some of the nation's greatest tragedies. With the U.S. public's obsession with trivia, and support of the most possible incompetent politicians and political candidates, there is no reason to believe that this American culture will change.
The American Public
Much More Intrigue is Involved
The book, History of Aviation Disasters: 1950 to 9/11, reveals only part of the intertwined misconduct, enablers, and catastrophic consequences for people in the United States and overseas. The total library of documentary books reveals other segments.
Information on the books by former government agent Rodney Stich
Sampling of early books reviews
Sampling of complimentary letters/faxes to author/activist Rodney Stich.