If new to the issues of systemic corruption in the United States, and to understand this page, it is suggested that you take a quick look at the history of the nation's granddaddy of corruption-fighting whistleblower, Rodney Stich. The following is information contains highlights of the actions he took, with the aid of his coalition of former government professionals as ty tried to prevent many of the great tragedies affecting the United States and its people—and people of other countries.
Series of Horrific Aviation Crashes Motivated Stich
To Act As an "Independent Prosecutor"
The extent of the FAA misconduct throughout the Western Region caused the safety problems and violations of major safety requirements at United Airlines to continue−along with a continuation of resulting airline crashes.
Unable to get members of Congress to intervene, despite their oversight responsibilities and despite the continuing death toll, FAA inspector Rodney Stich used the law in a creative manner and forced a hearing upon the FAA during which he subpoenaed FAA management and records. He conducted a hearing before a hearing officer from the FAA administrator's staff, charging that corruption within the FAA caused and enabled a series of specific airline crashes to occur. This had never before occurred in the FAA, and resulted in a 4000-page hearing transcript further proving the deep-seated widespread corruption within the FAA.
The transcript of the hearings show that FAA management personnel engaged in lying, with subornation of perjury by FAA legal counsel Donald Boberick, as the FAA organization was perverted to deny the existence of what was already proven by government records. No concern was shown for those who would subsequently due from their deception, including those on three airliners that crashed during the hearing and which were caused by the exact same safety problems and safety violations that Stich had repeatedly reported.
Cover-Up Tactics During Independent Prosecutor-Type
Administrative Law Proceedings
Expansion of cover-ups by FAA management of crash-causing air safety misconduct when FAA inspectors testify and product official government reports of corruption within the FAA related to a series of fatal airline crashes. Over 4,000 pages of hearing transcript exists in FAA hearing supporting charges of corrupt and criminal activities within the FAA related to a series of fatal airline crashes.
Stich warned in his FAA closing brief that a cover-up would result in continuation of the problems and continuation of the crashes and deaths. These events quickly continued after that brief was filed.
Despite the overwhelming evidence of deep-seated corruption, the FAA hearing officer, William Jennings, a lawyer on the FAA Administrator's staff, misstated the evidence and praised the guilty, the very people responsible for the deadly misconduct. After the hearing and cover-up, the same people were given letters of commendation and bonuses for their cooperation (or silence).
Involved in the cover-up that would have deadly consequences−for decades−was the FAA hearing officer and the lawyers in the FAA legal department. Ironically, funerals were being conducted simultaneously for victims of this misconduct as reward was seeking to cover up these deadly conditions−the latest most publicized consequences occurring on 9/11.
This misconduct in the FAA is oftentimes referred to as the Tombstone Agency. But the corruption don't not permit dismissing it so lightly.
Details of the hearing, and the blueprint of crashes and deaths, can be found in Unfriendly Skies: 20th and 21st Centuries.
Federal Lawsuit Against the FAA:
Trying to Halt the Continuing Tragedies
Former federal airline safety agent Rodney Stich, after leaving the FAA, filed lawsuits against the FAA, under the requirements of the federal crime reporting statute to report a federal crime. Stich's complaint sought to report specific series of federal crimes involving FAA personnel, and made reference to criminal acts at United Airlines that were being protected by FAA management. The following are copies of legal filings.
Amended FAA complaint in federal court at San Francisco, September 27, 1974. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)
Motion to continue discovery. February 4, 1975) (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)
Stich's opposition to the motion to dismiss filed by U.S. Attorney. February 24, 1975. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)
Oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals at San Francisco. February 28, 1975. (Adobe PDF)
Order of dismissal by the court of appeal judges. February 28, 1975. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)
Order by U.S. District Judge Schnacke, February 28, 1975. (MS Word)
Stich's appeal brief, September 11, 1975. (Adobe PDF)
Stich's reply brief, October 28, 1975. (Adobe PDF)
Court of appeals decision, April 7, 1977. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)
Stich's petition for rehearing to court of appeals, en banc, April 20, 1977. (Adobe PDF)
District and Appellate Judges Admitted
The Gravity of the Charges
U.S. District Judge Schnacke admitted that the charges made in the federal filings were very serious. But after Department of Justice lawyers filed a motion alleging that the former federal agent didn't have standing to file the action, Schnacke, dismissed the action.
Stich filed an appeal, and during oral argument, one of the appellate judges stated to Stich that these were serious charges, but investigating the matters were the role of members of Congress. Stich responded that he had encountered a total cover-up by members of Congress, and also, that he was not requesting the court to investigate, but to receive the evidence of the criminal activities related to a series of continuing aviation disasters and thereby making a judicial record. Such record would then bring media attention and public pressure for an investigation.
The subject of several specific catastrophic aviation disasters, and hundreds of deaths, due to misconduct in a major government agency—that had been covered up by members of Congress and Department of Justice employees—were too explosive to become known to the people. Like the "third-rail," the matter had to be avoided. Again, the federal appellate judges covered up for the continuing criminal activities, sacrificing the lives that would continue to be lost for many decades.
Stich then filed an "appeal" (petition for writ of certiorari) with the U.S. Supreme Court, which notified the Justices of the court of the criminal activities and of the cover-ups by federal judges over whom they had supervisory responsibilities. They also had a responsibility under the federal crime reporting statute to receive the information of the major federal crimes, having major catastrophic ripple effects. Instead, they issued an order refusing to hear the matter. That decision would have monumental catastrophic consequences for decades to come.
Stich's petition for writ of certiorari to U.S. Supreme Court, April 30, 1977. (Adobe PDF)
Extension of Complicity to Supreme Court Justices
Supreme Court Justices became implicated with the very first lawsuit against the FAA, and as with others, they had to continue the cover-ups that would enable the catastrophic ripple effects to escalate over a period of years. A number of files at this site describes their role. A few are shown here:
Supreme Court Justices index.
Brief in the Paris DC-10 Disaster
Stich, based upon his insider knowledge that would explain the corruption in the FAA that were responsible for approving the known defective components in the DC-10, filed a petition to intervene as a friend of the court in the Paris DC-10 crash, July 7, 1975. (Adobe PDF)
Letter dated July 30, 1975. (Adobe PDF)
Opposition, August 13, 1975. (Adobe PDF)
Stich's amended motion to intervene, August 18, 1975. (Adobe PDF)
Judge's order barring Stich from providing inside information on the Paris DC-10 crash, September 12, 1975. (Adobe PDF)
Cover-Ups by Political NTSB Board Members:
Enablers of Future Aviation Disasters
While he was a federal aviation safety agent, Stich discovered NTSB board members were covering up for the FAA corruption, and falsifying government accident reports to omit this primary factor. This cover-up would continue for years, partly to protect its earlier complicity, and be seen in the downing of TWA Flight 800 and the American Airlines Flight 587 that crashes shortly after takeoff from New York's JFK Airport, shortly after the 9/11 hijackings (which were also a byproduct of the NTSB cover-ups of prior years).
In 1978, a PSA Boeing 727 crashed into the City of San Diego, killing over 100 people, which took the record from the United Airlines DC-8 crash into New York City as the world's worst airline disaster. Stich discovered that the NTSB was withholding major information about why the crash occurred, and filed a petition with the NTSB to receive the evidence that Stich had uncovered. (Adobe PDF)
It is mandatory for the NTSB to receive such evidence when a petition is received. The NTSB refused to receive it. If they had, and publicized it, public outrage could very possibly have resulted in an investigation and that would have very probably exposed the deadly FAA corruption and the NTSB's cover-up of it.
So disturbed was Stich by the NTSB cover-ups in the PSA San Diego crash that he filed a lawsuit against the NTSB seeking to force it to enter into the official records evidence that it had withheld. December 17, 1980 (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)
After that lawsuit was filed in the federal courts at San Francisco, assistant U.S. attorney George Stoll called Stich on the phone and advised that he was recommending to his superiors in Washington that the DOJ supports Stich's lawsuit. Stoll was unaware that Washington officials had been covering up for the corruption in the FAA and NTSB that Stich had brought to their attention several years earlier, and they were not about to let this information become known.
Shortly thereafter, Stoll, who had supported Stich's lawsuit, then filed a motion to have it dismissed. (Adobe PDF)
The federal judge accommodated the request and filed an order dismissing the lawsuit. March 25, 1981. (Adobe PDF)
Stich filed an objection to the motion to dismiss following the DOJ's reply brief. April 19, 1981. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)
Stich filed points and authorities in support of his objection to dismiss. April 11, 1981. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF).
He also filed Statement of Issues. April 11, 1981.(Adobe PDF)
Stich filed a reply brief to the DOJ's response to his objection.
Transcript of the proceedings in the district court. April 23, 1981. (Adobe PDF)
The second dismissal order by the district court judge. April 27, 1981. (Adobe PDF)
Stich then filed a motion to alter or amend, a legal term for the court to reconsider. May 3, 1981. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)
Stich filed a notice of appeal and filed appeal briefs with the U.S. Court of Appeals at San Francisco. The court dismissed the objection. (Adobe PDF)
Stich then filed an appeal (petition for writ of certiorari) with the U.S. Supreme Court and then filed a brief. July 17, 1982. (Adobe PDF)
Then was followed by an amended brief. (Adobe PDF)
The U.S. Supreme Court issued an order refusing to receive the case. October 4, 1982. (Adobe PDF)
Earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court filed, and then refused to act on the lawsuit against the FAA that reported criminal activities related to a series of airline crashes, and the refusal by U.S. district and appellate judges to receive the information of criminal activities, that they were required to receive under the federal crime reporting statute. In this way, Supreme Court justices became implicated in the criminal activities, the tragic consequences, and over the years would compound these federal offenses when other areas of criminal misconduct were brought to their attention.
Once anyone cover-ups, and their cover-up makes possible more aviation disasters, they then must, to protect themselves, continue the cover-ups. Welcome to the culture in the United States of America!
Complicity by Members of Congress
Through Repeated Cover-Ups
Sampling of letters sent to members of Congress over the years seeking to report criminal activities subverting vital U.S. interests.
Lawsuit filed against members of Congress in the federal courts at Washington, D.C., on the basis of their felony cover-ups and obstruction of justice. March 24, 1992. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF) The main purpose of filing that lawsuit was to make a record of the charges against members of Congress and their cover-ups, which continued the corruption and the decades of resulting tragedies for America.
He also filed a lawsuit against members of Congress in the federal courts at Reno, Nevada.
Department of Justice Employees' Complicity Through
Cover-Ups and Years of Personal and Financial Attacks
Personnel in the Department of Justice, including U.S. attorneys and the FBI, were notified of the misconduct, the related airline crashes, and the federal crimes of perjury and subornation of perjury during the FAA hearings. They gave excuses for not receiving the information, even though Stich was a key federal aviation safety agent responsible for determining the existence of these federal offenses.
After the FAA hearing, and after FBI and DOJ personnel covered up for the criminal acts during that hearing, Stich circumvented the block and appeared before a federal grand jury in Denver. This is where Stich discovered how the grand jury is usually a tool of the prosecutor.
An example of the culture in the FBI and DOJ can be seen from the evidence of FBI agents engaging in murders with decades of Washington officials approving. These murders were reported locally by the media in the Boston and New York City area,, while media people made no mention of this far-reaching culture elsewhere in the United States (an example of how media people keep from the public information on serious corruption in government offices).
Over a period of years Department of Justice employees went far beyond covering up for the crimes and the high-level perpetrators and engaged in criminal attacks that inflicted great personal and financial harm upon the former government agent as they sought to halt his actions that threatened large segments of key people in government. These attacks were combined with actions by federal judges and a hoard of lawyers and law firms that continued daily from 1982 to 2005. Among the harm inflicted upon him by this coalition of sordid characters included the following:
Criminal contempt of court charges for exercising the responsibilities under the crime reporting statute by filing papers in federal court to report the continuing corruption that by that time he had evidence that involved key people in other areas of overt and covert government operations—aided by a coalition of former intelligence and law enforcement personnel. He was denied a constitutionally-required jury trial, sent to federal prison under the harshest procedures, spending two months in a tortuous solitary confinement, at the age of 69.
Criminal involvement by DOJ employees in the corrupt seizure and liquidation of the $10 million in assets that funded his exposure activities.
Overview of the harm.
Cover-Ups by Media People and Media Corporations
Cover-ups by much of the media, who had been repeatedly told of these problems and offered hard evidence. This practice of cover-ups by media people continued into other areas as Stich and his group of other former government agents sought to report criminal activities in government that they had discovered during their professional government duties. Several reasons exist for the cover-ups by media people:
CIA and other offices have had a secret practice of providing payments to media people for years, thereby controlling what gets reported.
The herd mentality of media people.
The fear of being targeted by exposing corruption in government that goes beyond the "tolerable."
Laziness of media personnel.
Fear of losing their government handouts if they report corruption in government.
Federal judges rendered orders permanently barring Stich from federal court access to prevent him from exercising the mandatory requirements under the federal crime reporting statute to report a federal crime to a federal court (or other federal officer; Justice Department personnel and members of Congress refused to receive the information).
Federal judges and Justice Department prosecutors charged Stich with criminal contempt of court when Stich attempted to report additional criminal activities, including that within the FAA and FBI, as described in his books.
Federal judges and a CIA-front law firm misused the courts to corruptly strip Stich of the $10 million in assets that funded his exposure of criminal and even subversive activities.
Cover-ups by lawyers and law firms who knew of the corrupt and criminal activities in the FAA.
Much of the broadcast and print media who knew of these serious matters, the prior consequences, and those that would continue and result in great tragedies.
Federal judges. In the early 1970s, federal actions filed by the former federal air safety inspector, seeking to report these criminal activities, were blocked by federal judges. They unlawfully refused to perform their administrative duties (not judicial duties) under the federal crime reporting statute and under the statute providing for any citizen to seek a court order to force a federal official to perform a legal duty and/or to halt their illegal conduct.
These obstruction of justice judicial acts were felonies.
Lawsuits directly related to the events of 9/11.
Cover-Ups Included Prestigious ISASI, The
The Primary Non-Government Aviation Safety Group
Everyone, every group, avoids this enormous pattern of corruption like the dreaded "third rail." Former FAA air safety inspector was one of the founding members of the San Francisco chapter of the Society of Air Safety Investigators, later renamed the International Society of Air Safety Investigators. Early members were people from United Airlines, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), of which key people were either directly involved in massive aviation safety misconduct, or covered up for it.
As in many industry groups , they frequently meet, describe the good they are accomplishing, and cover up for ongoing misconduct responsible for a continuation of serious problems involving the areas in which the group is focused. The following are a few of the writings submitted by former federal agent Rodney Stich, all of which went answered:
Submission for papers to be submitted at regular meetings related to the ongoing problems that enabled four airliners to be hijacked on September 11, 2001.
In response for papers to be submitted on safety issues for presentation to the next safety meeting, Former FAA inspector submitted on September 17, 2007, papers based upon his key position as a federal airline safety inspector. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)
This would be comical if the end result was not a continuation of brutal aviation disasters enabled to occur by arrogance, corruption, and cover-ups.
Continuing Series of Horrific Events and Large
Number of Enablers Precludes Corrective Actions
Over the years the enabling corruption expanded to include more people and more groups to where addressing the basis culture of corruption required avoiding exposing the truth like avoid the dreaded "third rail." The following are a sampling of what could have been prevented if the sordid culture spreading throughout the United States did not exist:
Sampling of Early Consequences
Progression of Consequences
These few examples of the horrors associated with airline disasters enabled to occur by documented corruption withheld from the American people. The standard culture of cover-ups in the United States enabled the corruption, cover-ups, to mutate into different areas. In the aviation area, although the continuing series of airline disasters eventually came to a halt for other reasons, the culture continued, and enabled to occur a number of easily preventable airline disasters. The inbred culture created the conditions that enabled four groups of terrorists to easily hijack four airliners within a few hours of each other and kill nearly 3,000 people.
One of Over 200 Victims Choosing This Way to Die—
Made Possible by Many Enablers in United States
Victims of Less Catastrophic Events
There were many other forms of victims from the systemic high-level corruption. These included for instance victims of the:
Department of Justice prosecutorial misconduct, people being falsely charges with crimes in order to improve the prosecutors' career.
The explosion of violent crime related to drug smuggling into the United States, in which CIA assets were major players.
Series of financial frauds appearing every few years, with the latest housing and financial implosions surfacing in 2008.
Seizure of assets from innocent people.
These offenses are described in the books written by insiders.
Harm to People Overseas From
High-Level Corruption in the United States
In addition to the decades of harm resulting from the systemic corruption of key people and groups in the U.S. government, affecting aviation safety, financial, human rights, in the United States, there is the harm from outside sources brought about by the actions of U.S. politicians affecting people in other countries—such as the history of invading and killing foreigners—there are the successful "terrorist" attacks made possible by high-level corruption, and then there are the foreigners who are also victims from the same high-level corruption that adversely affects the American, but in a different form.
Remains of a girl—about the age of the 9-year-old Killed in Tucson in January 2011.
In criminal law, people are accomplices, and guilty, if they know of a criminal act and fail to report it to proper authorities and also to take efforts within their capability to halt their continuation. And there are endless numbers of accomplices that are complicit in these crimes and enablers of the consequences.
Harm to the indifferent American public.
Harm to people of other countries.
Harm to the few people in the United States fighting the high-level corruption in a meaningful manner.
Harm in general.
Suggestion to people outside the United States. Become familiar with the documented systemic corruption in the United States and show the outrage lacking of people in the United States, and:
Help expose the endemic corruption that seem to be acceptable to the American people, and maybe wake them up.
Help to protect yourselves against the decades of ham inflicted upon people of other countries by the actions of U.S. politicians—supported by much of the American public. Examples:
Serial lying by U.S. politicians to use as a pretense to invade Iraq and Afghanistan, killing tens of thousands of innocent people.
U.S. politicians shifting enabling blame from their own corrupt actions that encouraged and enabled four groups of terrorists to simultaneously hijack four airliners, and shift the blame to the people of Iraq and Afghanistan—with the help of a dumbed-down American public that is mostly too lazy to learn the truth.
Documentary Books by Professional Insiders:
Life as it Really Is in the U.S.
All of the books are available at amazon.com, in print and on the Kindle, and at many other Internet sites. They bring together the various pieces of the puzzle to better understand the overall picture, and why the same conditions continue year after year. 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.
More information about these books by clicking here.
Agency With the Most Brutal Consequences From
Incompetence, Nonfeasance, and Hardcore Corruption
As detailed and documented in the Rodney Stich's History of Aviation Disasters: 1950 to 9/11, and other documentary books on government intrigue, in FAA documents, in an FAA hearing, and in federal lawsuits, deep-seated misconduct by key people repeatedly blocked the corrective actions to correct known safety problems and safety violations, which resulted in decades of preventable and forewarned aviation disasters.
These included decades of easily preventable airliner hijackings and other disasters. The catastrophic consequences on September
11, 2001, were the latest and most publicized consequences. The present cover-up of the behind-the-scene misconduct insures that the decades of déjà vu consequences will continue.
A quick description of how hard-core corruption of key people in the FAA−and key people at United Airlines−by their misconduct, enabled 43 people to be cremated alive in only one of the many fraud-related airline disasters.
Overview of corruption of key people in the government's aviation safety offices, similar in some ways to the corruption in the housing and financial frauds and other great American disasters, non of which occurred in a vacuum is shown by this page.
In response to the continuing corruption and the continuing airline disasters made possible by the corruption. FAA inspector Rodney Stich used the law as it had never been used before: he forced upon the FAA a court-like proceeding before an administrative law judge in which Stich acted similar to a prosecutor. He charged key FAA management with gross corruption related to several major airline disasters that occurred in his immediate area of federal airline safety responsibilities.
Toward the end of the several-month-long trial, Stich included in the 4500-page hearing transcript a closing brief that warned that the culture of corruption would continue and the related crashes and deaths would continue.
During the hearing, three more major airline disasters occurred, each one resulting from the exact same safety problems that Stich had repeatedly reported in writing. The last one occurred after Stich submitted his closing brief and before the hearing officer, William Jennings, an attorney on the FAA's administrative staff, issued a decision that was totally contrary to the evidence. a cover-up would result in continuation of the problems and continuation of the crashes and deaths.
These crashes and deaths continued during the hearings, and continued after the Stich's closing brief was filed. The deaths of 43 passengers in the United Airlines crash at Salt Lake City−by being cremated alive−didn't phase the hearing officer in the least: he criminally covered up for the misconduct, praised the people perpetrating the corruption, and played a key role in subsequent crashes and deaths that occurred. Jennings left the FAA at some later date and became−believe not−the safety director for the Airline Passengers Association, which has been renamed the International Airline Passengers Association.
As the crashes continued, and while Stich was still in the FAA, the head of the FAA's Sky Marshal program urged Stich to file a report with the FAA administrator concerning the corruption and related crashes. Stich complied, sending a cover letter and the report in pdf format.
Cover letter (August 8, 1966) in the following formats: (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)
The long report attached to the cover letter is shown here in three parts in Adobe PDF format: (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3).
Following a pattern that Stich discovered over the next 40 years, the report was followed by further cover-ups, insuring that the corrupt culture and the resulting airline disasters would continue. On that same program for which Stich had oversight responsibilities, the world's worst airline disaster at that time occurred, the United Airlines crash into the Brooklyn section of New York City.
The crashes did continue for many years, but eventually, forces outside of the area of corruption acted to reduce the frequency of airline disasters. However, isolated airline disasters did periodically occur, and hundreds of people perished. Two of the many are stated below:
United Airlines crash into the city of Portland, Oregon, due to the very same problems that Stich had repeatedly reported in writing. The scandal had such major possible public outrage that the NTSB refused to conduct the normal public hearing.
DC-10 -related FAA corruption.
September 11, 2001, the day that a record number of airline disasters occurred. The conditions that enabled four groups of terrorists to so easily hijack four airliners, when the plans were known for weeks, and the steps to prevent hijackings were known and easily put into place. The nearly 3,000 direct deaths were ripple effects, sometimes called the Butterfly Effect, from years of corruption of certain key people in the FAA and the endemic cover-ups of which marks the deep-seated culture in the United States.
And also, the indifference of the public, who had heard Stich on radio and saw him on TV in over 3,000 appearances since 1978, and the thousands who read various editions of his book, the latest edition relating to aviation being called Unfriendly Skies: 20th & 21st Centuries. And for the hundreds of next-of-kin, who should have been outraged, and were aware of this information, their only reaction was to file lawsuits for money damages.
Pictures of some of United Airlines' worst disasters, also directly associated with the many safety problems, corruption, and even criminal activities, of certain key people at that airline and FAA management, are not available because they either crashed into the Pacific Ocean shortly after taking off from Los Angeles, or the airline that crashes into Lake Michigan while approaching Chicago.
Among the reasons for the culture of cover-up of terrible wrongdoing at United Airlines, and internally within the FAA included:
The revolving door syndrome common in government where government personnel seeking to obtain a high-paying position at the business they were required to regulate and supervise. By turning a blind eye to the massive safety problems, falsification of major safety requirements that were not accomplished, they sought to be offered a high-paying position with the airline.
Subordinate employees in the FAA that sought to ingratiate themselves with the higher ranking government personnel seeking the position with the carrier.
Cowardice of certain FAA inspectors to confront the airline that had strong congressional and high FAA officials as their surrogate.
Lack of experience and competence of most FAA inspectors.
Overall role of FAA personnel complicit in covering up for conduct responsible for a series of aviation disasters and for their direct personal criminal acts.
See other FAA related pages at this site:
Sampling of Aviation Disasters At That Time
In the aviation environment, airline disasters continued at a heavy rate (until about 2000, when the rate of crashes greatly decreased). Some of the crashes that continued after the FAA hearing cover-ups included the following sampling:
Three crashes occurred during and immediately after the FAA hearing.
UAL crash into Lake Michigan due to lack of altitude awareness, a problem that Stich had reported in writing, and corrective actions to be taken—which were blocked when FAA management ordered Stich to cease attention to the matter.
UAL crash at Salt Lake City, which the NTSB reported as (a) due to the captain's high-sink rate approach (that Stich had reported of that same captain, and a report for which FAA management suspended Stich for several weeks); (b) due to failure of the flight engineer to shut off the fuel valves and fuel booster pumps as the crippled plane slid down the runway; and (c) failure of the crew to effectively evacuate the passengers, resulting in a high death toll.
An American Airlines 727 crashed shortly thereafter while approaching the Cincinnati Airport. The NTSB blamed the crash on lack of altitude awareness.
What the NTSB benevolently left out of the se reports was the following:
Stich had repeatedly reported the lack of altitude awareness and was promoting a procedure to correct that problem. But FAA management ordered him to halt these procedures. During the FAA hearing, FAA management−and the hearing officer−claimed that Stich never made any such reports—despite the fact the official reports were in the record.
Stich had reported the dangerous high-sink-rate approach of that same captain who later crashed at Salt Lake City. The required corrective training was not ordered, and Stich was suspended for several weeks for having reported the problem at United Airlines.
Stich had written numerous detailed reports describing in detail the serious problems with the UAL flight engineer training program, with numerous references to UAL captain who agreed. In response to these reports, aviation safety ignorant FAA-management accused Stich of being paranoid. The (reflecting the numerous written reports by Stich that the flight engineer training program was the worst that he had ever seen and that many flight engineers were not qualified to safely handle the aircraft systems.
As it relates to the poor evacuation of passengers, Stich had three written reports describing UAL's failure to provide yearly training as specifically required by the most strongly worded safety directives ever issues, and that the airline was falsifying records to show yearly training when it was only done every three years, and then only in part.
The official NTSB accident report on all three of these airline disasters identified the direct causes of the crash−which would be hard to hid−but omitted the behind-the-scene misconduct responsible for the direct causes. This practice of covering up for politically-sensitive matters continued for years, and includes airline disasters resulting from terrorist acts.
Long Pattern of Refusing to Act On
Deadly Safety Problems
Pattern of FAA management personnel refusing to take corrective actions on major air safety and criminal violations reported by federal air safety inspectors, despite their duty to do so.
FAA management practice of covering up for major safety problems and safety violations at politically powerful airlines, despite the continuing crashes due to the problems. In one instance repeatedly documented at a major airline, inspectors reported the airline was not providing the legally required training and competency checks of their pilots and flight engineers and falsifying government-required records to fraudulent indicate that this training was being provided. FAA management at local, regional, and Washington levels covered up for this practice and retaliated against inspectors who reported the federal offenses.
FAA management practice of instructing FAA inspectors not to file reports on safety problems or safety violations at politically powerful airlines. FAA management warning federal air safety inspectors not to report air safety problems or air safety violations, claiming the office (and they) would look bad when an airliner crash resulted (from the uncorrected safety problems and safety violations).
Destroying Official Reports on Safety Problems—Followed by Series of Horrific Aviation Disasters. Destruction of official government air safety reports of major air safety problems and air safety violations that were filed by federal air safety inspectors, followed by numerous specific air disasters resulting from the same problems and made possible by the criminal destruction of government reports. FAA management had a practice of removing official reports of safety problems and safety violations from the office files, giving them back to the inspectors. or destroying them. Destroying official documents are felonies.
Retaliating Against Safety Inspectors That Report Safety Problems. FAA management harassing, threatening, and retaliating against federal air safety inspectors who attempt to report or carry out the federal government's air safety responsibilities.
FAA management practice of retaliating against inspectors who continued to make reports of major safety problems and safety violations, or who took authorized actions on safety problems that they encountered. This retaliation included forced transfers, denial of promotions, unsatisfactory fitness reports, denial of desired training, and numerous petty actions.
Threatening FAA inspectors with job actions when they sought to report and act on serious safety problems and violations at certain politically powerful airlines with being transferred. FAA management's protection of this practice encouraged airline personnel to continue their unsafe practice and safety violations.
FAA Management Removing Inspectors From Areas of Known Safety Problems. Removal of key federal air safety inspectors from their government air safety duties to eliminate their reporting and taking actions on serious air safety problems or air safety violations.
Suspending Inspector for Reporting Safety Problems. FAA inspector was suspended for several weeks after he reported the high-sink-rate procedure used by a powerful member of the pilots union, Bart Stephens. Stich had also reported another pilot as having this problem, Gale Kehmeier, and recommended that he be given corrective training. The training was never given, and several months later, that same captain flew into Salt Lake City airport and crashed due to the high sink rate problem. That crash occurred before the FAA hearing had concluded and shortly after Stich submitted his closing brief warning of the consequences of the safety problems and the arrogance and corruption within the FAA.
Criticizing Stich for reporting a captain who flew in and out of clouds, under a visual flight plan, with a load of passengers in the Lake Tahoe area. That same captain, at a later date, doing the same unsafe practice, crashed into a mountain peak flying a Lockheed Constellation, killing everyone on board.
Alternate Supervising inspector, William Perry, criticized Stich for reporting failure of pilots to look outside the aircraft for long periods of time−while other aircraft were approaching head-on. This was at a time when midair collisions were frequent occurrences.
Pressure to Ignore Safety Problems. FAA management encouraging inspectors to ignore major air safety problems by providing outstanding performance ratings, financial bonuses, promotions, to those inspectors who don't report safety problems or safety violations, while simultaneously doing the reverse to those inspectors who do report the problems and attempt to take corrective actions.
Corruption Aided by Unqualified FAA Inspectors. The corrupt practices were aided by the FAA inspectors who lacked airline or heavy military experience; those who wanted to live a quiet life until early retirement−especially military personnel; those who did not want confrontation with politically powerful airline like United Airlines, or aviation-ignorant FAA management; those who saw the path to promotions and higher pay as going along with FAA management.
Further complicating these problems has been the placement of unqualified, politically popular, people in key positions within the FAA, who lack the background and ability to recognize and act on safety problems or to confront the deep-seated culture of corruption within certain FAA offices.
Another Example at Another FAA Office and 88 Deaths
All of these problems still exist, as reported to Stich. One particular example was the principle inspector for Alaskan Airlines who was pressured and resigned after reporting serious maintenance problems at that air carrier. Shortly thereafter, an Alaskan Airlines jet plunged into the ocean off of southern California when the unlubricated and worn-out horizontal stabilizer jackscrew failed. No pictures available of that disaster as the aircraft plunged into the Pacific Ocean at great speed and disintegrated.
Inspector Resignations. While most inspectors simply pull back and don't report the problems, some resign in protest. Among other government agents that resigned because of the misconduct was Mary Diefenderfer. She resigned from the FAA in protest of corruption similar to what FAA inspector Rodney Stich had discovered. She provided information to members of Congress, including testimony about these matters, which was then followed by the usual congressional cover-ups. Copies of several of her writings follows:
A May 6, 2009, letter sent by the former FAA principal inspector for Alaska Airlines to congressional oversight committee.
April 17, 2008, report sent to Representative Jim Oberstar relating to recent testimony that she gave to members of Congress relating to FAA misconduct and its links to the fatal crash of an Alaska DC-9 into the Pacific Ocean. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)
Declaration to NTSB in 2000 , providing information she discovered as an FAA principal inspector for Alaska Airlines as it related to the Alaska DC-9 crash. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)
Her June 2000 email to Rodney Stich. (MS Word) (Adobe PDF)
The Diefenderfer story. (Adobe PDF)
Another inspector that resigned was Dick E. Russell, who held a managerial position with the FAA at Oklahoma City. He was critical of the placement of unqualified people in key positions to meet Washington requirements for diversity, due to its effect upon safety. He complained about:
The large number of airline safety inspectors whose only qualifications were in small aircraft, and thus unable to determine safety problems that were beyond their comprehension.
The placement of unqualified people in FAA management positions to meet Washington's political goal for blacks and females and the adverse effect upon safety.
He described the role played by unqualified FAA people that were responsible for airline safety at Valuejet Airlines at a time when the airline experienced a major disasters. He took early retirement to get away from that environment.
Corrupt Activities at United Airlines
Responsible for Series of Horrific Crashes
The problems with arrogance and corruption in the FAA air carrier operations branch were only part of the problems that Stich faced. These problems within the FAA would not have surfaced if certain key people at United Airlines had not engaged in corrupt practices that violated blocks of major federal aviation safety requirements, which they sought to cover up by falsifying government-required records. This practice resulted in a continuation of a series of airline crashes−more than all the other airlines combined. This misconduct included, for instance:
Not providing crewmembers the legally required and industry accepted training for its crewmembers.
Falsifying government-required records to indicate the flight training was accomplished when the training had not been done.
No providing emergency evacuation training on the yearly basis and then falsifying records to falsely indicate that the training had been done.
Denying government inspectors access to air safety records that are required to be made accessible to federal inspectors.
Competency levels of pilots and flight engineers conducted by FAA-approved airline personnel had an anything-goes standard, which eliminated the need for additional training and saved the airline considerable money.
United Airlines personnel pressurizing FAA management to suspend or transfer government inspectors who reported the dangerous and felonious problems.
UAL management threatening inspectors that the airline would cause an inspector to be transferred if he didn't start pleasing the airline.
None of the people at United Airlines that were involved in the misconduct—some of it criminal—were ever charged for the deadly effects their conduct enabled to occur. Much of this misconduct and related crashes are detailed in the book by former federal agent Rodney Stich called, History of Aviation Disasters: 1950 to 9/11. There is some question about whether that misconduct had far remote ripple effects on September 11, 2001.
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