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Attack on Iran Air 'Dark Spot' in US History

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TEHRAN, July 3 (ICANA) – An Iranian lawmaker says the US Navy's missile attack on IranAir Flight 655, which killed all 290 passengers and crew onboard, is a "dark spot" on American history.
Sunday, July 03, 2011 11:55:53 PM
Attack on Iran Air 'Dark Spot' in US History

Head of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi told Mehr News Agency on Sunday that the USS Vincennes deliberately targeted the Iranian Airbus A300 airliner on July 3, 1988 which was en route to Dubai in the Persian Gulf.

The fact that the USS Vincennes crew all received the combat-action ribbon and Lieutenant Commander Scott Lustig, air-warfare coordinator on the Vincennes, won the US Navy's Commendation Medal clearly indicates the intentional nature of the assault, Boroujerdi added.

The Iranian lawmaker also said the Americans agreed to pay USD 61.8 million in compensation to the victims' families but this offer will not help remove the stain of this atrocious act from their history.

Iran Air Flight 655 was on a routine 140-mile flight from Iran's southwestern city of Bandar Abbas to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, when it was attacked by a US warship over the Strait of Hormuz.

Commanded by Captain William C. Rogers III, the ship fired two SM-2MR surface-to-air missiles at the plane, killing passengers from Iran, Italy, the UAE, India, Pakistan and the former Yugoslavia in a tragic accident -- ranked the seventh deadliest aviation accident.

US officials at the time claimed their naval officers had mistaken the Iranian civilian airliner for Iranian F-14 Tomcat fighter jets.

They also said that USS Vincennes crew had tracked the oncoming plane electronically, warned it to keep away and when it did not attack it with two missiles.

US officials also claimed that the Vincennes crew had been under a simultaneous psychological condition called 'scenario fulfillment,' and had therefore confused their training scenario with reality and responded accordingly.

Ronald Reagan, the then US president said in a statement that the cruiser had fired “to protect itself against possible attack."

While it has expressed its regrets, the United States has failed to condemn what happened and has never apologized to the Iranian people.

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