When America Downed an Iranian Airliner and Celebrated It!
Date Written: 04/07/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22795
Every 3rd of July Iranians commemorate the killing of 299 innocent people, including 66 children, by the US Navy. Adding to the tragedy is the American attitude towards this catastrophic event.
Excerpt: Every year on the third day of July, a dozen Iranian children on board a ship throw gladiolas into the sea to commemorate the memory of innocent men, women, and children whose bodies were afloat, like the flowers, on the waters of the Persian Gulf. This year, the humble ceremony marks the 30thanniversary of the downing of an Iran Air civilian passenger by the U.S. navy, which resulted in the perishing of all its 290 passengers and crew, including 66 children. The Flight 655 was en route from Tehran to Dubai flying in the Iranian airspace over the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, when it was shot down by a U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser, USS Vincennes, to create what would be one of the deadliest catastrophes in world aviation history.