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Persian Gulf / US-Iran / Iranian Plane Downing / Report #117688

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 03, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Indications from as yet unreleased report that human error caused shooting down of Iranian plane over Persian Gulf by USS Vincennes reported Report introduced.

(DC: Bob Zelnick) Evidence from Navy's report about incident outlined on screen; animation shown. Issue of whether ship's Aegis system is too complex for crew to operate analyzed. [Ex-Aegis program manager retired admiral Wayne MEYER - discusses Aegis.] Aegis system's operation explained; scenes shown. [Center for Defense Info. spokesperson Admiral Eugene CARROLL (ret.) - says fog of battle will confuse people.] Stmts. by Aegis system experts on details of incident noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Appeal for compensation by some relatives of victims of downed plane reported; details given.

Jennings, Peter;
Zelnick, Bob

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