Bob Latiff, a former US weapons developer for the air force and the CIA and now a professor at Notre Dame University, said he leaned towards a belief that it was a case of mistaken identity on the part of those who pressed the button. Such things including friendly fire happen in combat zones.
It's an unfortunate tragedy. Hopefully lessons are learned and commercial planes avoid the area going forward.
Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy
Also, when the aircraft is painted by the fire control system, the profile of the aircraft can be used to identify the type of aircraft it is.
The rebs/Russians not only shot splashed this aircraft, but they knew damn well they were shooting at a civilian aircraft.
SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT ON
THE CASE CONCERNING THE AERIAL INCIDENT OF
3 JULY 1988 BEFORE THE INTERNATIONAL
COURT OF JUSTICE
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