IRAN AIRS DOCUMENTARY ON THE 1988 FLIGHT TRAGEDY

12 Jul 2013 11:19

TEHRAN, July 5 (Bernama) -- Six channels of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) aired the documentary “Live Wave” on Tuesday and Wednesday to commemorate the 25th anniversary of an Iran Air tragedy.

Iran's Mehr News Agency (MNA) reported that "Live Wave" is about the downing of Iran Air Flight 655 (IR655) by the US Aegis Missile Cruiser USS Vincennes on July 3, 1988.

The documentary, directed by Habib Ahmadzadeh, who was inspired by Ebrahim Hatamikia’s “Dead Wave”, a story about an Iranian general who tried to take revenge against the Vincennes 10 years after the downing of Iran Air Flight 655.

In “Live Wave”, the narrator, Parviz Parastui, said that Hatamikia’s film was a motivation for him to think and study more deeply about this tragedy. Parastui previously played the role of the Iranian general, Morteza Rashed, in "Dead Wave".

He accompanied a group of Iranian cineastes and writers during their visit to the place where IR655 had been shot down. Some members of the group commented on the tragedy in the documentary.

The documentary also covered the visit of the representatives of People’s Peace Delegation, a US anti-war group, who visited Iran in July 2007 to investigate the tragedy.

The Iran Air Flight 655 was on the Bandar Abbas-Dubai route when it was shot down, which resulted in the loss of 290 lives of innocent civilians from six nations including 66 children. There were 38 non-Iranians aboard.

According to MNA, the US government to date has neither admitted any wrongdoing nor accepted responsibility for committing this tragic blunder, nor has it apologised.

On July 4, 1988, the New York Times had reported that the US navy had mistook the flight for a jet fighter and that the US had issued regrets over the incident.

-- BERNAMA

IAMS RT