Storming the Embassy
SAS Storming of the Iranian Embassy
To cover the noise of SAS troops moving into position, the flight paths of planes approaching Heathrow Airport were lowered, and British Gas began noisily drilling in an adjacent street.
The assault on the embassy began at 7:23pm, just 23 minutes after the body of Abbas Lavasani had been thrown from the building. During the assault, 5 of the 6 terrorists were killed, and 19 of the remaining 20 hostages were saved (1 hostage was shot by a terrorist).
These events were broadcast on British TV in a 45 minute news flash, reported live and unscripted by the then relatively unknown journalist Kate Adie, while she crouched behind a car door.
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