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Persian Gulf / US-Iran / Iranian Plane Downing / Iran / Investigation #117197

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 07, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Persian Gulf: Jim Hickey) Anti-American protests in Tehran, Iran, in wake of downing of airbus over Persian Gulf reported; details given, scenes shown of angry, grieving crowd. Promises of revenge by President Ali Khamenei despite warnings against hasty retaliation from parliament speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani reported Bandar Abbas, Iran, airport reported disputing Navy claims with regard to airbus course; scenes shown of plane debris at airport. [Airport manager Hussein PIROUZI - says plane was climbing, not descending.] [Iranian air force chief General SATTARI - questions United States claims.] Iranians reported considering shooting of plane murder and and not an accident.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) United States investigation of incident noted. Report introduced.

(DC: John McWethy) Raising of theory that there was second plane present in addition to downed airbus reported [Representative Henry HYDE - says this is being checked out.] Position of Pentagon on possibility of second plane noted. [Pentagon spokesperson Dan HOWARD - says there was no phantom aircraft there.] Pentagon explanation of two signals emanating from airbus detailed; diagram shown. [Senator Robert BYRD - calls for reassessment of US policy in area.] [Senator John WARNER - says it was an impossible mission for US Navy.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Persian Gulf: Mike Lee) USS Halyburton reported challenging ABC helicopter to identification itself in Persian Gulf. Exchange between ship and helicopter explained in which ship failed to acknowledge copter's response to original request; scenes shown; communications quoted on screen. Incident reported illustration problems of reliance on technology

Reporter(s):
Hickey, Jim;
Jennings, Peter;
Lee, Mike;
McWethy, John
Duration:
00:06:10

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