1983. Korean Airlines shot down by Russian SU15 “Flagon” fighters. All crew lost.
1988. US Aegis Destroyer shots down an Iranian Airline.
The Korean Airline 747 was visually identified by the intercepting plane but still it was shot down went to its firing position. Russian doctrine at the time use “ground controllers” to vector on the target and it also command the execution to fire or not. The USAF have listening stations and recorded the intercept. The civilian plane over flew inside then, communist Russia.
The US have a similar incident but this time, it misjudge Iranian F14 (US Tomcats sold to Iran during the Shah reign) and somehow manage to mix with a flight of civilian airliner. The Aegis system could have identified the plane. But somehow fired SM3 missiles to the airliner.
IFF/Identify Friend or Foe. Its like the old “who goes there challenge”. If the intruder or a UFO did not respond correctly to the challenge, then the system goes on HOT. Missile ready and issue launch command.
Why the Malaysian got shot. Its political. Anything to blame the other party will make the other guy ugly to the world audience. But innocent lives was lost to be sacrifice by political interest.
Heres an excerpt from “Russians” by Sting
We share the same biology
Regardless of ideology
Believe me when I say to you
I hope the Russians love their children too
Also remember the civilians caught in Gaza and Israel.
Let us pray for stability.