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Persian Gulf / US-Iran / Iranian Plane Downing / Investigation US Policy #117157

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 05, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Bob Zelnick) Defense Department explanation of how Iranian Airbus was mistaken for fighter plane and shot down over Persian Gulf by United States Navy ship reported [On Sunday, joint chiefs of staff chairperson William CROWE - mentions "electronic emanations."] [Pentagon spokesperson Dan HOWARD - discusses information picked up by USS Vincennes from "mode 2."] Explanation of radar signals given; diagram shown. Speculation over possible use by Iran of Airbus to transport troops in Iran-Iraq war reported [HOWARD - says Navy had four mins. to make its decision.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) United States investigation team reported sent to area to study incident. Report introduced.

(Persian Gulf: Mike Lee) Reentry into Strait of Hormuz area by US Navy reported; scenes shown, naval communications given. Interview with air traffic controller in Dubai detailed; diagram of plane's route shown. Problems in communications between Navy and air traffic controllers over Persian Gulf examined. Possibility that Navy's aggressive self-defense stance may have put others in danger noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: John McWethy) Review of United States policy in Persian Gulf featured; details given of policy's goals, scenes shown. [State Department spokesperson Phyllis OAKLEY - evaluates United States Gulf policy.] Results of confrontations in Gulf detailed; scenes shown of damaged ships and oil platforms. [Representative Thomas DOWNEY - says United States needs to stop and think.] [Ex-State Department official James PLACKE - says United States must protect ints. in Gulf.]

Jennings, Peter;
Lee, Mike;
McWethy, John;
Zelnick, Bob

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