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USS Vincennes Shoots Down Iranian Passenger Jet (1988) Options
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USS Vincennes Shoots Down Iranian Passenger Jet (1988)

Bordered by Iran and connected to the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz was guarded by Iran during its war with Iraq in the 1980s. Ships were routinely inspected to keep war goods from reaching Iraq. As the USS Vincennes crossed the strait on the morning of July 3, 1988, it exchanged fire with Iranian gunboats, pursuing them into Iranian waters. Not long after, it fired on Iran Air Flight 655, destroying the civilian airliner and killing everyone aboard. What mistakes led to the tragedy? More...
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USS Vincennes Shoots Down Iranian Passenger Jet (1988)
Bordered by Iran and connected to the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz was guarded by Iran during its war with Iraq in the 1980s. Ships were routinely inspected to keep war goods from reaching Iraq. As the USS Vincennes crossed the strait on the morning of July 3, 1988, it exchanged fire with Iranian gunboats, pursuing them into Iranian waters. Not long after, it fired on Iran Air Flight 655, destroying the civilian airliner and killing everyone aboard.
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THE USS VINCENNES AND A DEADLY MISTAKE

By Molly Moore
July 4, 1988

A $1 billion Aegis guided-missile cruiser, considered the most sophisticated combat ship in the world, yesterday shot down a large Iranian passenger airplane that was apparently mistaken for a small F14 fighter jet.

The apparent mistake cost an estimated 290 civilian lives, according to the Iranian government, and has raised questions about the capabilities of the high-technology combat ship that was intended to revolutionize the Navy's ability to protect its fleet.

In the heat of a skirmish with Iranian gunboats, the sophisticated radar system that is supposed to be able to identify hundreds of potential targets simultaneously indicated to the ship's operators that the approaching Iran Air A300 Airbus was an attacking F14 fighter, U.S. officials said.

Minutes later, with the airliner nine miles from the ship and closing, the USS Vincennes fired two Standard surface-to-air missiles. The Vincennes crew, hampered by the gulf's hazy summer skies, did not see the commercial plane until it exploded, officials said.
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