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Persian Gulf / US-Iran / Iranian Plane Downing / Investigation #322526

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 05, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Admin. officials reported expressing regret with regard to US downing of civilian Iranian plane in Persian Gulf; details given. Representative Jim Wright reported urging President Reagan to compensate victims' families. President Reagan reported considering proposal. No hostages held in Lebanon reported killed after threats were made by their captors. Report introduced.

(DC: David Martin) Investigators, led by Rear Admiral William Fogarty, reported arriving aboard USS Vincennes. [Pentagon spokesperson Dan HOWARD - comments on Iranian plane's military and commercial signals.] USS John H. Sides reported not picking up signals while in vicinity. [Iranian pilot Captain Massoud RAZAVI - says Iran pilots don't use mile signals.] [HOWARD - comments on discrepancies in USS John H. Sides and Vincennes' records.] [Aviation expert John NANCE - comments on data.] [Senator John WARNER - defends captain 's actions.] Persian Gulf weather noted notorious for causing election equipment errors.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Iran reported holding mass funeral for victims. Report introduced.

(Persian Gulf: Allen Pizzey) Scenes shown from Persian Gulf; details of United States rules of engagement reviewed. Gulf air traffic controllers reported accusing United States Navy of ignoring info.; controller quoted on screen. Last. mo.'s near-collision in Gulf recalled. Air controller quoted with regard to downing of Iranian airbus.

(Studio: Dan Rather; Persian Gulf: Allen Pizzey) Gulf sources noted shocked that United States radar unable to differentiate civilian plane from military Iran reported planning media event after bodies and wreckage recovered.

Martin, David;
Pizzey, Allen;
Rather, Dan

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