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? About Iran Air A300 That Was Shot Down....  
User currently offlinePilotaydin From Turkey, joined Sep 2004, 2539 posts, RR: 51
Posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7504 times:

Does anyone have a link or some info about WHY?, seeing as it's been years after this event. On 3 July 1988 an Iranair A300 was shot down in the Persian Gulf, near the Straits of Hormuz.

All the searches i come up with just explain the event, not the reason.

Was it really a mistake made by the US ship crew? Or was there something or some people onboard that were on a list ?

I'm quite curious, because i wanted to do this as a paper in college but never found any info, so i bring it up here, perhaps someone knows?


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User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6484 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7470 times:

Pilotaydin:

Short and to the point:

Some Iranian gunboats attacked some Persian Gulf oil rigs. U.S. Navy vessels started chasing and attacking them. Adrenaline was high, and here comes this Iran Airbus A300 on a landing run (which, unfortunately, can look a lot like an attack run) and when reaction time is at a premium, the USS Vincennes accidentally shot it down.



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User currently offlineCRPilot From Costa Rica, joined Nov 2004, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7448 times:

"the USS Vincennes accidentally shot it down."

That's a contradiction in terms if I ever heard one! Particularly since the USA has the most advance navy fleet in the whole world. There is nothing accidental about pointing and firing without thought!



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User currently offlineBENNETT123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7605 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7444 times:



Try Aviation Disasters ISBN 1 85260 602 9 for starters.

The fact that the Vincennes and A300 were both within air corridor A59 was a big part of the problem.


User currently offlinePilotaydin From Turkey, joined Sep 2004, 2539 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7438 times:

whose airspace did this happen in? Im not familiar with laws of launching something from one sea into the airspace of another nation...unless it was no man's....


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User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6484 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7418 times:

CRPilot:

Want me to define "accident" for you? Since you are probably not a native English speaker, allow me to do so. From Merriam-Webster:

"1 a : an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance b : lack of intention or necessity : CHANCE "

Clearly, USS Vincennes did not intend to shoot down that A300. Therefore it is accidental.



When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.' T.Roosevelt
User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9633 posts, RR: 68
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7378 times:
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the funny sad thing was the radar oops thought they were looking at an Iranian F-14, not an Airbus

User currently offlineKYIPpilot From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1383 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7366 times:

Clearly, USS Vincennes did not intend to shoot down that A300. Therefore it is accidental.

No, they very clearly purposely shot it down, because it was percieved as a threat. They thought it was an Iranian fighter, so they launched a missle at it. Missles just don't launch themselves. Only later did they realize it was an airliner.

Rogers had to make a decision. An F-14 could do little damage to the Vincennes. The version that Washington sold to its ally the Shah of Iran in the early 1970's was purely a fighter plane, not configured to strike surface targets. Still, if Rogers meant to attack it with a missile, he had to fire before the aircraft closed much within 10 miles. At 9:54:05, with the plane 11 miles away, Rogers reached up and switched the firing key to "free" the ship's SM-2 antiaircraft missiles. In Air Alley, Zocher had been given the green light to fire. The young lieutenant was so undone, however, that he pressed the wrong keys on his console 23 times. A veteran petty officer had to lean over and hit the right ones. In the CIC, the lights dimmed momentarily, like a prison's during an electrocution.

Some 10 miles away, Captain Rezaian of Iran Air was calmly reporting to Bander Abbas that he had reached his first check-point crossing the gulf. He heard none of the Vincennes warnings. His four radio bandwidths were taken up with air-control chatter. "Have a nice day," the tower radioed. "Thank you, good day," replied the pilot. Thirty seconds later, the first missile blew the left wing off his aircraft.

On the Vincennes's bridge, cameraman Rudy Pahayo was still filming. His audio captured a babble of voices: "Oh, dead!" "Coming down!" "We had him dead on!" One voice commanded: "Hold the noise down, knock it off!" Another shouted, "Direct hit!" then a lookout came in from the wing of the bridge. The target couldn't have been an F-14, he said. The wreckage falling from the sky, he murmured to the Vincennes's executive officer, Cmdr. Richard Foster, is bigger than that.


from http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/5260/vince.html


[Edited 2004-12-15 04:36:47]


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User currently offlineAirbusDriver From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 255 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7330 times:

this Iran Airbus A300 on a landing run

No It was in cruise...The radar can't tell the altitude???


User currently offlineAtmx2000 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 4576 posts, RR: 37
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7316 times:

It had just taken off from Iran, from an airport used for both civil and military planes.


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User currently offlineSpacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3629 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7306 times:

Clearly, USS Vincennes did not intend to shoot down that A300. Therefore it is accidental.

No, they very clearly purposely shot it down, because it was percieved as a threat.


I think it's obvious what he meant was that they did not intend to shoot down an A300. They did intend to shoot down a threat. The airplane was not a threat, which they did not know - hence, an unfortunate accident.

It also should be noted that both the Iranians and this A300 specifically were warned several times prior to the shootdown, with no response. The Iranians allowed this airplane to enter a known combat zone and the airplane never identified itself in response to internationally recognized challenges. Funny how the conspiracy theorists never pick up on that.

There are only two possible answers to how this happened: a mistake by the American crew initiated when the Iranians attacked targets in the Persian Gulf, or an intentional scenario created by the Iranians to sway world opinion against the United States. I vote for the former, as I am not a conspiracy theorist, but then I know we've got a lot of conspiracy theorists around here and I never do hear anything about the second theory. Either way, the ultimate blame lies with Iran.

(Can you imagine if the United States launched an attack on a country and then complained when one of our airliners got shot down over the combat zone? Sorry, when you've got a known combat area, you clear the airspace.)



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User currently offlineCYLW From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 435 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7301 times:

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/jksonc/docs/ir655-sasc-19880908.html

User currently offlineCYLW From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 435 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7289 times:

(Can you imagine if the United States launched an attack on a country and then complained when one of our airliners got shot down over the combat zone? Sorry, when you've got a known combat area, you clear the airspace.)

That is such a load of crap. This was a SCHEDULED flight which the US knew about. This was on a CIVILIAN airway. Yeah, a climbing A300 looks like an F-14 coming in for an attack.

Either way, the ultimate blame lies with Iran.

No, the ultimate blame lies with the commander of the Vincennes!


User currently offlineAirbusDriver From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 255 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7230 times:

So we shoot it down but it's there fault???

User currently offlineAirbusCanada From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 327 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7210 times:

n you imagine if the United States launched an attack on a country and then complained when one of our airliners got shot down over the combat zone? Sorry, when you've got a known combat area, you clear the airspace.)

last time i check, us never decleard war on IRAN.
and I am sure those gunboats did not attack any US oil rigs.
how the iranian air contorllers suppose to clear a combat zone, when there is no war?


User currently offlineBoeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7131 times:

I remember the footage from the actual incident on the bridge of the Vincennes. Just by the body language alone, you could tell what the crew had actually done. They were visably shaken when it was confirmed they had shot down an airliner and not a military aircraft.

User currently offlineSkyguy From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 481 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7133 times:

When you are the only superpower in the world with a significant collection of weapons of mass destruction, there is an implicit understanding that you can get away with whatever you wish with impunity, and there is an expectation that what you dictate to other countries is complied with.

With the Iran Air incident, the US could categorize it or mask it however they wish, since whatever the outcome, it would be irrelevant to the US. This seeming lack of accountability to other countries and their citizens in such cases only adds to the perceived instituitional arrogance of US policy and actions (..or lack of). Nevertheless, I do not recall any formal apology being tendered to the Iranian government.



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User currently offlineAtmx2000 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 4576 posts, RR: 37
Reply 17, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7100 times:

Uh, If I recall correctly, there were two superpowers when this incident happened. And while there may have been no war declared, the Iranians were certainly acting in a reckless and beligerent manner during that period, attacking the ships and facilities of US allies (including ships that had been reflagged under the US flag) and mining the waters of the Gulf.

The unfortunate reality is whenever there is operational activity whether it is combat or practice or normal manuevers, there is a chance of incidents that effect civilians taking place. Given the operational intensity during that period and given the incident that occurred the previous year with the "accidental" missile attack by an Iraqi jet on the USS Stark that killed 37 sailors, US Naval commanders tended to be a bit more vary of approaching aircraft.



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User currently offlineCragley From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 6939 times:


Didn't the US military award the guy that fired the missle some sort of award?

I heard he was awarded a medal for bravery or something.

Hrm....shooting down a passenger jet, how very brave.

 Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineWidebody From Ireland, joined Aug 2000, 1152 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 6879 times:

The ultimate blame lies with Iran SpaceCadet?!!

Whatever the reasons, whatever the mis-understandings on this incident, I can't possibly see how you could draw the conclusion that Iran was to blame. Accident or no accident, the aircraft was shot down when it shouldn't have been.

And it was reported that the warnings were issued on a military channel ONLY, not the civil channel...but again that was Iran's fault? Shared responsibility maybe but ultimately Iran's fault I doubt.



[Edited 2004-12-15 17:04:22]

User currently offlineATLhomeCMH From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 770 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 6838 times:

I also thought they were high in cruise altitude, but I guess not...this is from the Senate Armed Services Hearing link that CYLW posted...

ENGAGEMENT SEQUENCE (CONT)
0654 Z
• IDS observes Flt 655 at 7,800 ft. at 455 kts descending.
• Spy radar holds Flt 655 at 12,000 ft ascending at 380 kts.
• Firing key turned.
• AAWC recalls altitude of 6,000-7,000 ft.
• 14 secs after firing key is turned, MSS starts launch sequence.
• 3 secs later first missile is launched followed by a second missile.
• Two missiles intercepted Flt 655 BRG 001, RNG 8 nm at 13,500 ft at 383 kts.


Just from reading other parts of the report, it does look like there were procedural errors by the Vincennes bridge officers...(proper warnings/instructions weren't issued at the proper times to IR655, etc).

Then again, I'm no expert...plus, the Vincennes obviously felt some reason to defend itself.




[Edited 2004-12-15 17:32:14]


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User currently offlineRussophile From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 6615 times:

And while there may have been no war declared, the Iranians were certainly acting in a reckless and beligerent manner during that period, attacking the ships and facilities of US allies (including ships that had been reflagged under the US flag) and mining the waters of the Gulf.

People need to remember that this was during the time of the Iran-Iraq War. A war which Iraq (a US ally) itself started. It was Iraq who started with blowing up merchant marine (in fact blowing up more than 3 times than Iran did). Iran did attack several tankers -- but these tankers were known to have been supplying the Iraqi war effort. Whether they be sailing under the Kuwaiti or Soviet flag (yes, the USSR had a hand in this also) is irrelevant, they were being used to attack Iran. Much of Kuwait's merchant marine was reflagged with US flags, but they were still supplying the Iraqi war effort. And hence, legitimate targets.

I also thought they were high in cruise altitude, but I guess not...this is from the Senate Armed Services Hearing link that CYLW posted...

IR655 was on a flight from Bandar Abbas to Dubai (the milk run) -- a distance of around 240km -- because of the distance it wouldn't reach normal cruise altitude -- once it takes off, it is almost time to land again  Big grin


User currently offlineAirEMS From United States of America, joined May 2004, 684 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 6610 times:

If it was an accident or not I just can't imagine what it was like in that A300 or what it felt like to be that captain that night.

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-Carl



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User currently offlineN1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26488 posts, RR: 75
Reply 23, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 6595 times:

>A300 specifically were warned several times prior to the shootdown<

On military channels that they were not supposed to monitor, addressing an "Iranian F-14"

>with no response.<

They did not know they were being addressed

>The Iranians allowed this airplane to enter a known combat zone <

ATC, following the rules and airways of international ATC put the airplane into a civilian airway

>and the airplane never identified itself in response to internationally recognized challenges.<

They were not addressed on the channels they were expected to monitor

>Funny how the conspiracy theorists never pick up on that.<

This is not about conspiracy theory, as I, a US-Iranian-French triple citizen will acknowledge this was a mistake and not part of some conspiracy. It was however, a breach of protocol, a violation of international law, criminal negligence and a clear mass tort committed by the US and it agents, namely the US Navy.

There should have been a lot more done by the US after the incident (hell, it would not have happened except for the incompetancy and bad action of the crew of the destroyer) but there was an official appology and the token of allowing Iranair to buy a few European airliners. Still, the US should have paid the families of the passengers and crew a lot more than they probably gave the Iranian government instead



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User currently offlineTrex8 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 4768 posts, RR: 14
Reply 24, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 6523 times:
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Read Electronic Greyhounds by Potter, its probably got the best analysis I have seen of the incident. Its a book about the Spruance class destroyers (the Tico cruiser use the same hull).
In a nutshell, Vincennes was disobeying direct orders from US HQ in Bahrain by chasing the Iranians, misreporting the actions of the Iranian boats . They were getting hyped up from their encounters with the Iranian gunboats. The crew did the wrong thing everytime they had a choice (misused an IFF not linked to the AEGIS system, the AEGIS system IFF always showed the A300 as a civilian aircraft), mis read displays so that a climbing aircraft was seen to be diving, they were looking at the wrong target track, officers were refusing to contradict their near hysterical crew and and the rest is history! Even the Sides , a frigate in the area, which while accepting the Vincennes initial assumption the plane was a F14 did not feel it constituted any threat to them at any time and it eventually did accurately identify it as a civilian airliner but the crew in the Vincennes CDS was beyond anyone changing their mind.They had a bogey in their sights and they were going to get it no matter what anyone else said to them.

The US only finally agreed to release the compensation to the Iranian families in the last few years.


25 CRPilot : N328KF wrote: "Want me to define "accident" for you? Since you are probably not a native English speaker, allow me to do so." First of all, I speak th
26 Dc10guy : Where not terrorists because we said ... Ops sorry, my bad.
27 N328KF : CRPilot: Sounds like you're assuming an awful lot from about me, including my race, from what I've said here. Not a wise move, especially since you mi
28 CRPilot : "Sounds like you're assuming an awful lot from about me, including my race, from what I've said here. Not a wise move, especially since you might be c
29 Post contains images Pilotaydin : please dont get personal, i was just asking a question that i was really curious about. I thank everyone for their replies. I just think it was a horr
30 Trex8 : The US settled the case with IIRC over 200 million to be paid to the families. However they did not release the money for years till just in the last
31 Aa777jr : where can I find a video of the missle blowing the plane up? someone said they remember the look on the peoples faces when they realized what had happ
32 N1120a : >The PanAm bombing was felt by many to be a response by anti US entities to get back at the US for the Iran Air incident.
33 Alessandro : I think it was a mistake, US navy was very nervous after USS Stark where Iraqi Mirage fighter hit and killed +30 US sailors the year before the downin
34 Gearup : I do not believe for one moment that they would have shot it down had they known it was a civilian airliner. The crew might have been affected by a co
35 Ltbewr : If I am correct, on of the problems here was the lack of a proper identifying transponder on the Iran Air a/c, one that would have ID'd it as a civili
36 LH600 : As an Iranian, I can tell you that it was no accident, and I do not need to explain this to a bunch of people who cannot accept that "good ol' red blo
37 Pilotaydin : all in all...after attaing more view points from the posters above....i just feel like it's one of those situations where the coincidence factor happe
38 N328KF : LH600: Were you on the Vincennes? The Senatoral investigating committee? No? Well, then.
39 Post contains images Bullpitt : All I can say is, If you go to war with the Americans, as an ally or a foe. The best place to be is behind them.
40 Miamiair : N328KF: You can't win with these people. If you mention KAL007, they will say that the airplane was masking a USAF ELINT platform. Nothing but conspir
41 LH600 : N328KF: I'd bet you weren't on the Vincennes or the senatoral investigating committee either. What makes you an expert?? By listening to what is fed t
42 Russophile : Were you on the Vincennes? The Senatoral investigating committee? No? Well, then. He wasn't. I wasn't. And you weren't? And why not mention any Irania
43 Trex8 : An American is worth far more than any other nationality. That's obvious isn't it?? I'm being facetious, but that is unfortunately the mentality we ha
44 LH600 : Trex8: "An American is worth far more than any other nationality. That's obvious isn't it?? I'm being facetious, but that is unfortunately the mentali
45 Trex8 : I'm not saying its acceptable, but its the mentality that determines the outcome of such unfortunate incidents and you are 100% correct that it should
46 Post contains images Miamix707 : "As an Iranian, I can tell you that it was no accident, and I do not need to explain this to a bunch of people who cannot accept that "good ol' red bl
47 Miamix707 : BTW, I think that the Iran Air planes in that older livery looked beautiful. Any pics of that A300 in the database?
48 LH600 : Miamix707: I've spoken to Iranians who don't feel the way you do, some even told me they wished the U.S. had gone in and done the regime change in you
49 Miamiair : LH600: Not your credibility, but your ass is showing. There is a noticeable amount of venom in your post. Join the mortals trodding on the earth as yo
50 N1120a : >The Senatoral investigating committee?What compensation was given to the hostages of the US Embassy in Tehran that were kept against their will for 4
51 Post contains images Solnabo : A blind mice who couldn´t see the diffrence between a jetliner and a fighter. "Oooppss.....friendly(?)fire"!! Yeah right Micke/SE
52 Pilotaydin : oh man, do i feel bad for starting this thread...i think after the first few posts.....the typical A.net political and social bashing committee came c
53 Post contains images Miamix707 : oh man, do i feel bad for starting this thread...i think after the first few posts.....the typical A.net political and social bashing committee came c
54 N1120a : >negative, hateful, and inmature opinions.
55 Dc10guy : OK OK guys. Let me end this once and for all ... So bout the Airbus Iranian dudes. Our bad. opps.
56 Pilotaydin : "oh man ..like you knew it wasn't gonna happen " ill be the judge of that, you the know the rest of the Assume quote im sure.
57 Post contains images Boeing4ever : Ok, blatant stupidity needs to be cleared up. First, a synopsis: The USS Vincennes, after the Stark incident would tend to be a bit more trigger happy
58 Boeing4ever : Jeez, it never ends... N1120a You mean the ones that caused the plane to go down anyway? Implying that the crew of the Vincennes knew this was an Iran
59 CRPilot : Boeing4ever Perhaps you'd consider a post on the current administration, as is going to take a lot bullsh*t to explain the events of the past 3 years
60 Boeing4ever : Perhaps you'd consider a post on the current administration, as is going to take a lot bullsh*t to explain the events of the past 3 years in Iraq with
61 CRPilot : "My point wasn't that I knew the answers, but that noone on A.net was there." Good! Stick with it then, and stop proclaiming that it was an accident.
62 Atcrick : Wow, These things get ugly. LH600, I would really think that you should let go of this anger that you hold against the US for every atrocity that has
63 Boeing4ever : Good! Stick with it then, and stop proclaiming that it was an accident. Prove it wasn't. I hardly think you speak for A.net, if you did, I'd want my m
64 ANCFlyer : Boy this thread sure went south in a hurry . . . as if Pilotaydin planned it that way with the original post! Cover up? Nope. Lousy Command operation
65 LH600 : Boeing4ever, "Being Iranian doesn't mean you know what an accident is or isn't...it's a nationality, NOT a credential....You weren't on the deck of th
66 Boeing4ever : I know I wasn't on the deck of the Vincennes or the onboard the Airbus, neither were you. I know that being Iranian isn't a credential. I am merely sa
67 Post contains images ANCFlyer : Or how about Mr. O'Reilly in his "NO SPIN ZONE?" Great show!
68 N1120a : >Implying that the crew of the Vincennes knew this was an Iranian Airliner and somehow through bigotry decided to shoot it down...well, that's a sweep
69 LH600 : Boeing4ever: The bottom line is that you and many other people refuse to even consider the attack was intentional. I DON'T BLAME YOU. You have been br
70 Post contains images Miamix707 : ">negative, hateful, and inmature opinions.
71 N1120a : >"extremely trustworthy Iranian regime"you are talking like it's 100% certain that if that
72 Post contains images Miamix707 : Again my age has nothing to do with this!!! Even though I am younger than you are, I am entitled to my opinion and I am in a much better position to h
73 Miamix707 : I trust Mohammad Khatami more than GWB, and they both have other people who are actually in power. And guess what, they are all clerics Alright! Good
74 N1120a : >remotely logical arguments< I would think my arguments would be more than remotely logical, considering I am getting a doctorate in the subject and I
75 Boeing4ever : The bottom line is that you and many other people refuse to even consider the attack was intentional. I DON'T BLAME YOU. You have been brainwashed int
76 KBGRbillT : LH600 Tell us about the other side of the so-called 'story' that you've heard and maybe that will bring some credibility to your claims!! If you were
77 VC-10 : There was a program on this incident on UK TV a couple of years back. They said there were two other US warships in the area tracking the flight and h
78 N757KW : If I remember correctly, Frontline (program aired on Public Broadcasting stations in the U.S.) did a program on the destruction of the Iranian Airline
79 Post contains links ACAfan : It was a Nightline piece on ABC with Ted Koppel, and here is the transcript. http://homepage.ntlworld.com/jksonc/docs/ir655-nightline-19920701.html
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