US Defense Department officials said that the investigation into the downing of an Iranian airliner by the USS Vincennes on July 3 blames the error on the high-level psychological stress of the crew and its inexperience in a combat situation.The investigators have found no malfunction of the radar and electronic equipment of the battleship. Instead, the crew appears to have believed that the ship was under attack and misinterpreted the signals provided by the radar.
The report strongly contradicts the early findings of Adm. William J. Crowe Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff."Our judgment that based on the information currently available, the local commanders have sufficient reasons to believe their units were in jeopardy and they fired in self-defense," Crowe had said. Read full story