The US Air Force evacuation flight from Kabul to Qatar were flown in the Boeing airlifter. A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III safely evacuated some 640 Afghans from Kabul late Sunday, August 15th, according to U.S. defense officials. The flight was one of several that was able to take off with hundreds of people aboard, and some of the others may have had an even larger load than 640, the official said.
This only a fraction that will be airlifted. The total needing to leave from the Kabul airport range in the thousands. There are people clinging onto jets as they take off. Some have died holding onto the jets wheels during take-off. The exit is mass panic and chaos. Many jets were grounded to stop the stampede, which is costing precious time to exit. Commercial flights were cancelled.
Our beloved president prides himself that the evacuations won't be like the chaos of Viet Nam's exit. He's correct, it's much worse!
The Afghans flown from Kabul to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, sat on the floor of the plane’s capacious hold. The procedure is known as “floor loading”; the passengers hang onto cargo straps run from wall to wall serving as makeshift seatbelts. The destination Qatar was reached safely.
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