We were reminded of that quite recently.The US have shot down a commercial airliner previously:
Interesting that the US FAA banned flights over Iraq and Iran a few hours before the plane came down.
Only the FAA mandated it. Europe left it up to the individual carriers.
On a more practical level, you would think any civilian airline brave enough to operate in or out of places like Iran would fit some sort of anti missile ECM or countermeasures to its aircraft, just in case of this eventuality.
You would have to assume they are all hardcore regime supporters. As they're basically being paid to leave the country, go to a better one and frequently go to the building where you ask for asylum/defection
One happened in 1988 and one last week. The world was a different place back then, circumstances where different. It would be more telling if we were comparing like for like.
Quite, one response was from 30+ years ago, the other was from yesterday. I think most people would kind of hope that in this day and age, with a different set of circumstances that the responses would be different. For one they have the media all over them, not so easy to get away with it. We've already seen this take effect, initially Iran was the "old Iran", flatly denying it was a missile that shot down the plane before they decided to come clean, a totally different response but the right one. Progress.I'm talking about responses from both countries.
It's interesting to see the different responses from both countries.
With the US Vincennes incident, the US never apologised. Then slapped a medal on the Captain to add insult.
Iran have apologised and are bringing those responsible to court. Of course let's see what happens to them.
Both tragic mistakes in a time of war. The responses however are telling.
Iran lied about it for days, cleared the crash site and was refusing to hand over the black boxes. Do you think this is a good response?