Moment 640 desperate Afghan refugees cram into US cargo jet to flee the Taliban
This is the moment around 640 frightened Afghans hurried into a US cargo jet before air crew could shut its ramps.
The plane was massively overcrowded, as it is built to accommodate 150 soldiers comfortably or 77,000kg of cargo.
But crew members ‘made the conclusion to go’ despite the more passengers, an unspecified defence official said.
Audio on board to air traffic control implied there were 800 people, but the official said 640 Afghan civilians got down when the plane arrived its destination.
At this moment, the US has flown at least two C-17 cargo jets out of Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul, as people desperately exit the violent government of the Taliban
More flights are awaited to be made as the Islamist militant organization fastens its grip on the country, as US President Joe Biden affirms his verdict to evacuate American troops.
It comes after a shocking disclosure was made as at least two stowaways dropped to their deaths from a US Air Force plane.
Meanwhile five people were feared to have died as hundreds of people were caught sight of climbing onto a plane at Kabul Airport.
Despite the chaos and confusion, Biden said yesterday that he abides ‘squarely behind’ his decision.
Addressing at the White House, he admitted: ‘The truth is this did unfold more quickly than we anticipated,’
The President went into detail on the Taliban’s takeover on Sunday and then criticized Afghanistan’s political leaders for ‘giving up’ and running away from the country.
‘American troops cannot and should not be fighting in a war and dying in a war that Afghan forces are not willing to fight themselves.’
Rather than replying his attackers and critics, the President walked off without taking any questions from reporters.