Inside the U.S. Military Aircraft Packed with 640 Afghan Civilians Escaping the Taliban

  • How long commercial flights from Kabul’s airport will be stopped
  • Details of the U.S. Military’s C-17 Aircraft

A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III evacuated 640 Afghans from Kabul late Sunday night, according to U.S. defense officials. 640 people is the most every flown in this massive military cargo plane thats been in operation for over three years. Flight tracking software shows the plane belongs to the 436th Air Wing, based at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. The C-17 was not supposed to take almost 700 passengers, but Afghan citizens pulled themselves onto the aircraft, luckily fleeing the country. Instead of making people get off, the Military took the chance and went anyways, bringing the 640 people to a safer location. This flight was one of several able to take off from Kabul with people aboard, fleeing the Taliban ruled city. 

For now, the U.S. military has stopped all flights from Hamid Karzai International Airport on monday. This decision came after one of the U.S. Military C-17s was mobbed and climbed on by Afghan citizens. These flights will be stopped until the roughly 3,000 ground troops feel it’s time to leave the airport, but for now the U.S. military is making the airport a safer place for civilians. 


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