World's Worst Aviation-Related Corruption

This page addresses the corruption and resulting airline disasters that federal aviation safety agents discovered at United Airlines many years ago, the evidence of which has been withheld from the public, and from the families of those who died as a result of the corruption. The details of this corruption are found in the book, History of Aviation Disasters: 1950 to

It is believed that today, the corruption at the airline does not exist. But it did exist for many years, and it was the great number of fatal crashes of United Airlines aircraft that the FAA asked Rodney Stich, an inspector in the Los Angeles office, to accept the assignment to correct the conditions that ere resulting in the worst series of airline disasters in the nation's history. None of the guilty have ever paid the price for this corruption; only the victims, their families, and the few government agents who sought to expose the deadly corruption.

None of the guilty have ever suffered for their deadly misconduct.

Sampling of Fatal United Airlines Crashes

The emergency situations and non-fatal crashes are not listed.

Classic Example of Documented
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:

As a result, 42 people were cremated alive in that crash. None of the guilty were ever identified. Instead, most continued to receive the benefits of the misconduct that directly saved United Airlines considerable money (while the insurance companies paid for the crashes).

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.

FAA inspector Rodney Stich had written several reports on the dangerous high sink rate approaches used by senior captains. In one instance, as described in the book, Unfriendly Skies, the pilots union and the airline pressured the FAA to remove Stich from air safety duties after one of the senior captains objected to the tactfully stated comment that his high sink rate approach was not considered a good practice. FAA management then suspended Stich from conducting any competency checks for several weeks.

More information about the deadly corruption that existed and was documented at United Airlines is found in the book, History of Aviation Disasters: 1950 to 9/11, which is the latest version of the books formerly called Unfriendly Skies by Rodney Stich.

Series of Catastrophic Airline Disasters
Motivated Extreme Measures

The catastrophic consequences from the corruption that federal agent Rodney Stich discovered and documented caused him to become an activist and engage in an unprecedented numbers of efforts to expose and bring a halt to the corruption and tragedies. These unprecedented efforts included, for instance:

Lawsuit Filed Against United Airlines

The intent of the lawsuit was to focus attention on the serious problems caused by a few key people at United Airlines, but Stich and other federal airline safety inspectors had discovered during their official duties. That misconduct was symbiotic with the corruption within the FAA, which fed on each other.

Lawsuit filed  in federal courts at Reno, Nevada, October 24, 1988. (Adobe PDF)

More definitive statement. (Adobe PDF)

Summary judgment dismissal filed by United Airlines. November 27, 1988. (Adobe PDF)

 Enabling Links Between Two
Great New York City Aviation Disasters

On December 16, 1960, a United Airlines DC-8 crashed into the Brooklyn section of New York City, and was the world's worst aviation disaster at that time as measured by the number of people killed. The disaster was caused by the poor piloting performance of that DC-8 crew, as was the underlying problem with almost all of the many other deadly crashes that the airline experienced. That disaster, and a series of others involving United Airlines aircraft caused the Federal Aviation Administration to ask one of its most experience inspector pilots to take the assignment to correct the known serious problems at that airline: Rodney Stich. What he discovered and documented about the incompetence and corruption that a long list of United Airlines' crashes possible were many of the same ones involved in the hijackings of four airliners that were so easily hijacked on September 11, 2001.


Sampling of Crashes and Deaths Enabled by Corrupt
And Criminal Misconduct at United Airlines

The following are a few of the seemingly endless crashes United Airlines experienced, each of which were enabled to occur by the safety problems and misconduct that FAA inspectors repeatedly reported and were blocked from correcting.





Showing the mindset of some United Airlines FAA-approved company check airman, the father of a female flight attendant that perished in a United Airlines Boeing 727 that crashed into the Pacific Ocean shortly after takeoff criticized FAA inspector for attempting to report and correct the endless series of safety problems, irregularities, and even criminal falsification of government-required records, so as to disguise the fact t5hat the legally required training and competency checks had not been accomplished.

That crash into the Pacific Ocean, with the loss of over 100 livesincluding his daughter, was due to:

Details of that tragedy, and countless others, are in the book, Unfriendly Skies: 20th & 21st Centuries.

Ripple Effects Continued for Years
Including the 9/11 Hijackings

There is a strong probability that those people at United Airlines, identified in FAA records as engaging in various forms of corruption, made possible, or cultivated, the culture, arrogance, and corruption in those certain offices of the FAA that continued for years, and which were the areas of primary blame for the conditions that enabled four groups of terrorists to hijack four airliners on 9/11. This is no exaggeration, and these ripple effects can be seen when the full story of the corruption within the FAA is understood.

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.

One effect of discovering the corruption at United Airlinesand within the FAAwas that Rodney Stich was so infuriated by the arrogance and corruption that he became an activist against high-level corruption. With the help from dozens of other former government agents and insiders, he discovered criminal activities in other areas of government that were inflicting great harm upon the American people and upon the nation's security. These are detailed and documented in the series of books related to this site.

Credibility Behind Serious Charges By
Former Federal Agent Rodney Stich

Credibility for the findings and charges of former federal agent and whistleblower Rodney Stich is firmly established by the combination of the following:

"Mr. Stich, these are serious charges, but they are for Congress to investigate."

Stich responded: "Congress refuses to investigate. But I am not asking you to investigate. I'm here to report the federal crimes to a federal judge as specifically required by Title 18 U.S.C. § 4. In that way I make a record, and when a federal judge performs his or her duty and receives it, that judicial record would required Department of Justice personnel to investigate."

All of the above and much more are in the nearly 700 tightly packed pages of History of Aviation Disasters: 1950 to 9/11, and exposes far more about the conduct of people in control of the government of the United States then aviation disasters and terrorist attacks.


Books by Unprecedented Number of Professional
Insiders on Multiple Areas of Corruption
And Catastrophic Consequences







All of the books are available at, in print and on digital formats, 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.








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