The Taliban is one of the most oppressive Islamic terrorist groups on Earth, and now they are planning to attack the upcoming Champions Trophy in the United Kingdom. Life for people in Afghanistan is miserable: women are forced to wear a burqa, gays are harassed, and many women are not allowed to go outside without a male chaperone.

Last week, the Taliban attacked a major Afghan army base, sending hundreds of soldiers running for their lives, but not before one of them managed to capture video footage of the attack. The footage showed hundreds of panicked soldiers scrambling for their lives, running over piles of ammunition and ransacking supply depots as the Taliban militants closed on their position.

It’s a story as old as time: A plane takes off with 800 passengers and 200 crew, with only a few minutes of air time remaining, and then suddenly, disaster strikes. A fire ignites in the cargo hold and causes the plane’s airspeed to drop, forcing the pilot to make a quick decision: continue on course with the available airspeed, or return to the airport and have the fire be put out. In this case, the airspeed was too low to allow the crew to safely land at Kabul International Airport, so the pilot made an emergency belly landing in a wheat field outside of Kabul.

Plane Takes Off With 800 Passengers As Desperate Afghans Flee Taliban


As desperate Afghans flee the Taliban, a plane carrying 800 passengers takes off.

on August 16, 2024 by Gary Leff

When a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft took off four years ago with more people than seats (oops), and when a British family was forced to sit on the floor on a trip out of Spain two years ago, it was startling.

A US Air Force C-17 cargo aircraft, on the other hand, transported up to 800 passengers out of Hamid Karzai International Airport, more than four times the amount of passengers it would normally carry with cargo. (Image courtesy of Paddle Your Own Kanoo)

According to reports, the US Air Force C-17 RCH871 is flying out of #Kabul, #Afghanistan, with 800 people on board! Currently, #USAF and partner aircrews are doing incredible job that will undoubtedly go down in history. #AvGeek #RadioGeek #MilMonWorld #BravoZulu #AvGeek #RadioGeek #MilMonWorld #BravoZulu

15 August 2024 — Military Monitoring World (@MilMonWorld)

This wasn’t the only flight with more passengers than seats.

This is now taking place on a KamAir flight to Istanbul. (Video courtesy of a friend)

15 August 2024 — Saad Mohseni (@saadmohseni)

And, with the Kabul airport under US military control (but presumably not safe), military aircraft have essentially replaced commercial flights in transporting people out of Afghanistan.

This aircraft is one of several in a large fleet.

15 August 2024 — JeanPhi (@jeanphi01)

As individuals attempted to flee the nation, the situation at the airport was dire. Many people were unable to reach the airport, and those who did were forced to flee since they would be met by Taliban checkpoints if they attempted to return home.

Hamid Karzai International Airport is located in Kabul, Afghanistan. The date is August 16, 2024.

15 August 2024 — BILAL SARWARY (@bsarwary)

Hamid Karzai International Airport, 16 August 2024.

August 16, 2024 — BILAL SARWARY (@bsarwary)


August 16, 2024 — Marzia Hussaini (@marziahussaini0)

It turns out that 800 people isn’t the most number of passengers ever carried on a single flight. That record belongs to an El Al Boeing 747 aircraft that flew about 1080 people out of Ethiopia in May 1991 as part of Operation Solomon, a 36-hour attempt to evacuate 14,325 Jews before of the Ethiopian government’s collapse.

In the end, the United States spent $2.7 trillion over a 20-year period, wasted lives, and failed to create institutions that could stand on their own. That would not have altered if the US had stayed. There were much fewer Afghan soldiers than the government reported (and, in fact, paid the United States for), and many of those who did surrender accepted Taliban payoffs. However, as we departed, we abandoned those who had backed us up. Any Afghan people who are able to flee their situation should immediately be brought here.

Brave girls on their going to school on the first day of Taliban control in #Kabul. I hope these young women are not robbed of their education.

August 16, 2024 — jawidomid (@jawidomid)

More From the Wing’s Perspective

A plane carrying 800 people from Afghanistan took off, leaving a group of displaced Afghans on the tarmac of Kabul International Airport, while the Taliban continues to hold the airport. The flight, which was sponsored by the U.S. government, had been delayed for five days by bad weather.. Read more about kabul taliban afghanistan airplane and let us know what you think.

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