Iranian sources state it was a "technical malfunction", but given current geopolitical events, it may be a anti-air malfunction in their defense system downing a civilian airliner, which looks bad, obviously.
There have been two 737 crashes minutes after take off in the past two years. Boeing have acknowledged the issue is real and have tried to fix. That goes a long way to suggest this plane might not have been shot down.
Sad to see 180 senseless deaths like this.
Recently we had a discussion on an article from 1738: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21832371
It has nothing to do with being pro-war or anti-war, it's relevant because it's worth understanding what's going on in our world and the layers of deception from all sides.
For the record, I've flagged it. And I bet dang/sctb will remove it once they wake up (assuming it makes it that long).
> Off-Topic: Most stories about politics, or crime, or sports, unless they're evidence of some interesting new phenomenon. Videos of pratfalls or disasters, or cute animal pictures. If they'd cover it on TV news, it's probably off-topic.
Planes are interesting for HN in general, most of us (I think) enjoy learning about how things fail and why, and learning from big business failures is a must if you want to get a startup running. That's why most Boeing MAX stories are usually fine.
"Regular" news stories, on the other hand, tend to be off-topic.
Vs the Navy's report:
FORMAL INVESTIGATION INTO THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING
THE DOWNING OF IRAN AIR FLIGHT 655 ON 3 JULY 1988
> Iran Air Flight 655 took off on runway 21 (heading
210 degrees true), was directed by the Bandar Abbas Tower to
squawk IFF mode III code 6760, and began a normal climb out to
assigned altitude of 14,000 feet for the flight, which lasted a
total of 7 minutes before the plane was hit by the missiles from
USS VINCENNES. The pilot remained within the Amber 59 air
corridor (20 miles wide, 10 miles each side of centerline), made
a routine position report to Bandar Abbas departure control at
approximately 0654Z, and was ascending through 12,000 feet at a
speed of approximately 380 kts at the time of making his report.
> 5. ($) At approximately 0654Z, the missiles fired from USS
VINCENNES impacted the aircraft at an altitude of 13,500 feet,
Basically, both the data recovered from Vincennes and the actual timeline of events precludes '655 having descended. This accident is a (the?) textbook case of "scenario fulfillment" where people under pressure have a warped vision of reality matching a scenario they've seen in training.
From the page:
> According to the Iranian government, the cruiser negligently shot down the aircraft, which was transmitting IFF squawks in Mode III, a signal that identified it as a civilian aircraft, and not Mode II as used by Iranian military aircraft.
Given the US response (diplomatic note from Reagan), it seems that the error was on the USS Vincennes, not the Iranians.
To be clear, the people who told you those things were not telling the truth.