Memorial of Martyrs of Airbus Flight no .655

Iran Air Flight 655 was a scheduled Iran Air passenger flight from Tehran to Dubai. On 3 July 1988, the aircraft operating on this route was shot down by the United States Navy guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes under the command of William C. Rogers III. The incident took place in Iranian airspace, over Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, and on the flight’s usual flight path. The aircraft, an Airbus A300 B2-203, was destroyed by SM-2MR surface-to-air missiles fired from Vincennes. All 290 people on board died. The cruiser Vincennes had entered Iranian territorial waters after one of its helicopters drew warning fire from Iranian speedboats operating within Iranian territorial limits.

The humans visual understanding of an event is fasten to a discernible physical base point. Consequently, an event which take place on the ground is more often likely to be memorable seems there are landmarks which identify the situation. The sky, as a uni-form, uni-color background with no stable base point does not provide such an understanding about the situation at which air disasters take place. In order to make an aviation accident memorable there should be a void from the ground to the sky which provides visitors with a border which distinguishes the place at which it has taken place from its periphery.

  • Location : Bandarabbas, Iran
  • Client : Bandarabbas Municipality
  • Design Date : 2008
  • Architect in Charge : Shahab Mirzaean Mahabadi
  • Area : 2000 sqm