Iran marked the 25th anniversary of the downing of an Iran Air Airbus A-300 by a U.S. Navy warship. 290 passenger and crew lost their lives in the 1988 incident.
“Based on regulations of the International Civil Aviation Organization, the Americans are responsible for the incident and the casualties,” said Brig. Gen. Farzad Esmaili, commander of Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base during a commemoration gathering in Tehran on Wednesday.
“They (the U.S.) did compensate the victims, but they never accepted responsibility for the incident, “ Gen. Esmaili added.
The Airbus A-300 had just taken off from the southern Iranian coastal city of Bandar Abbas en route to Dubai when it was targeted by two Standard missiles fired from USS Vincennes. Following the incident, U.S. officials said their warship mistook the jetliner for an attacking Iranian F-14 fighter plane. Washington later paid compensations for the Iranian victims and the aircraft.
Today, a group of Iranians also gathered at the site of the incident in the Persian Gulf and threw flowers into water in memory of their relatives killed onboard the airplane (as shown in a photo by IRNA).