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The forgotten story of how the US downed Iran Air Flight 655

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Published on Jul 26, 2019

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RESTRICTIONS: Broadcast: NO USE JAPAN, NO USE TAIWAN Digital: NO USE JAPAN, NO USE TAIWAN
July 3, 2019 marks the 31st anniversary of a largely forgotten atrocity carried out and then covered up by the United States - the U.S. Navy shootdown of a civilian airliner in Iran.


The Washington Post reports that Iran Air Flight 655 took off on the morning of July 3, 1988 from Bandar Abbas International Airport, for what would have been a 28-minute flight to Dubai.


At the time, U.S. Navy guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes was pursuing Iranian patrol boats in the Persian Gulf, and entered Iranian territorial waters to open fire.


The Vincennes detected the Iran Air aircraft as it was climbing 12,000 feet and transmitting IFF squawks in Mode 3, a signal that identified it as a civilian aircraft.


Despite this, the Vincennes attempted to contact the plane on the military frequency. After receiving no response and supposedly mistaking the airliner for an Iranian F-14 Tomcat, ship captain Will Rogers gave the order to fire two SM-2MR surface-to-air-missiles.


One of the missiles hit Flight 655, destroying the plane and causing the wreckage to fall into the water below.


There were no survivors. All 290 passengers on board were killed, including 66 children.


RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Iran Air flight 655 taking off for Dubai on July 3, 1988
2. USS Vincennes pursuing Iranian boats, detecting Iran Air plane
3. USS Vincennes mistakes plane for F-14 Tomcat, fires surface to air missiles
4. Missile hits Iran Air flight 655, killing everyone on board


VOICEOVER (in English):
"The Washington Post reports that Iran Air Flight 655 took off on the morning of July 3, 1988 from Bandar Abbas International Airport, for what would have been a 28-minute flight to Dubai."


"At the time, U.S. Navy guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes was pursuing Iranian patrol boats in the Persian Gulf, and entered Iranian territorial waters to open fire."


"The Vincennes detected the Iran Air aircraft as it was climbing 12,000 feet and transmitting IFF squawks in Mode 3, a signal that identified it as a civilian aircraft."


"Despite this, the Vincennes attempted to contact the plane on the military frequency. After receiving no response and supposedly mistaking the airliner for an Iranian F-14 Tomcat, ship captain Will Rogers gave the order to fire two SM-2MR surface-to-air-missiles."


"One of the missiles hit Flight 655, destroying the plane and causing the wreckage to fall into the water below."


"There were no survivors. All 290 passengers on board were killed, including 66 children."


SOURCES: Washington Post, Slate, Foreign Policy Journal
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/w...
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2...


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