As the embassy sieges in Tehran continues the last five non-American hostages have been released by the student captors.
GV AND ZOOM IN: Freed Woman and Marine hostages stepout of U.S. plane at Andrews Air Force Base after arrival. (3 shots)
GV AND LV: Relatives and friends of freed hostages waving. (2 shots)
LV: Male hostage embracing woman
GV: Former hostages stepping down from aircraft
LV: Girl hugging her father
GV: More passengers stepping off plane and being greeted by relatives on tarmac. (5 shots)
SV: U.S. Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance, speaking at microphone in English as crowd on tarmac applaud (4 shots)
VANCE: "Our relief at your safe return is muted by our concern for your colleagues as remain. Through these difficult and agonizing days, your safety has been the overriding concern of our government and our people. Let me assure you today we will not rest or relent in our efforts until everyone of your colleagues stands safely on American soil. We will continue to pursue every avenue available to us until all of our people are home."
Background: As the embassy sieges in Tehran continues the last five non-American hostages have been released by the student captors. A total of 49 hostages still remain in captivity, but for 13 of their freed colleagues -- five women and eight blacks -- the ordeal is over. They were reunited with their families in Washington on Thursday (22 November).
SYNOPSIS: The thirteen freed hostages arrived at Andrews Air Force base from Frankfurt aboard a military plane. Their families had been flown to the base from all over the United States and were on hand to welcome their loved-ones back to American soil.
The hostages had been released on Monday and Tuesday (19 and 20 November) and flown to an American military hospital in Wiesbaden in West Germany. There the five women and eight blacks were pronounced medically fit and flown home for the long awaited family reunions.
The freed hostages were also greeted by Secretary of State Cyrus Vance-- on behalf of the American people and President Jimmy Carter. "We are deeply thankful at your safe return", Mr. Vance told the hostages.