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Remembering Operation Eagle Claw, Carter’s Failed Iranian Embassy Hostage Rescue Mission | Task & Purpose
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Remembering Operation Eagle Claw, Carter’s Failed Iranian Embassy Hostage Rescue Mission | Task & Purpose

In the early hours of April 25, 1980, President Jimmy Carter made a sober announcement to the nation: An attempt by U.S. military forces rescue the 52 staff held hostage at the American embassy in Tehran since the Iranian Revolution in 1979, had ended in a catastrophic failure without even engaging the enemy.

According to Carter, equipment failure aboard several of the eight RH-53D Sea Stallion helicopters launched from the USS Nimitz led the president to abort the mission. But during the strike forces’ withdrawal, one of the Sea Stallions collided with an EC-130. Five airmen and three Marines were killed in the ensuing explosion.

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