Dozens of Afghans Tried to Cling to US Military Plane in Desperation in an attempt to flee Taliban-dominated Afghanistan | Photo: Reproduction / Twitter
The United States Air Force has opened an investigation into the deaths of civilians in connection with a U.S. C-17 flight that took off from Kabul airport, including reports of people falling from the aircraft while it was in flight and human remains found on the aircraft’s landing gear.
According to the Washington Post, the investigation will be conducted by the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations (OSI) and is expected to include interviews and video reviews of the flight that took off from the airport in the Afghan capital. went viral on social media. .
“The OSI review will be thorough to ensure that we get the facts about this tragic incident,” the Air Force said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to the families of the deceased,” he added.
what is known so far
The armed forces said last Tuesday that the plane briefly touched down on the only runway at Kabul airport available to deliver equipment and support ongoing evacuations.
Before the crew could unload the equipment, “the plane was surrounded by hundreds of Afghan civilians who had crossed the perimeter of the airport,” added the statement of the armed forces, quoted by the American press.
As the security situation deteriorated, the crew of the C-17 decided to leave the airport as quickly as possible, apparently without evacuating anyone.
The remains were found after the plane landed at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. The plane was placed in a safe place for inspection, the newspaper said.
“The US Air Force remains focused on maintaining security at Kabul airport to prevent such a situation from reoccurring while we safely pursue Afghan civilians seeking to leave the country,” the statement said. .
After the Taliban took Kabul, thousands of Afghans flocked to the capital’s airport in an attempt to flee the country as all commercial flights were canceled.
The Afghans managed to get onto the runways and some of them recorded footage in which dozens of people attempted to board the US plane as it took off.
In these videos, widely publicized on social networks, we saw how at least two bodies fell from the plane while it was already in the air.