This is a record for a C-17 Globemaster III military transport plane, more than double its normal capacity.
A record 823 passengers were, according to the Pentagon, flown from Kabul, Afghanistan, to the United States on a military transport plane, a crowded flight whose photo has become an icon of evacuation operations.
An initial estimate was for 640 passengers brought to the runway by bus, but the number did not include 183 children, many of them sitting on their parent’s laps, the US military air command said today.
The plane “safely transported 823 Afghans from Hamid Karzai International Airport,” said the US military command, which on Tuesday tried to put down the idea of haste and chaos surrounding the evacuations.
This is a record for a C-17 Globemaster III military transport aircraft, more than double its normal capacity.
The Pentagon did not specify the number of the crew of the crowded plane, which took off on Sunday, as an emergency, from Kabul.
The already iconic photograph of the interior of the C-17 filled with seated Afghans “witnesses the humanity of our soldiers in their mission,” said General Hank Taylor on behalf of the Pentagon.
The Taliban, an Afghan extremist movement, entered Kabul on Sunday, after having conquered most of the provincial capitals of Afghanistan in an offensive that began in May when the withdrawal of US and NATO military forces began.
International forces have been in the country since 2001, as part of the offensive led by Washington against the Taliban regime, which welcomed in its territory the leader of al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden, mastermind of September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.
The Taliban have already ensured that women will be able to study and work.
When they occupied power, between 1996 and 2001, they were prevented from studying, working or walking on the street without a “guardian”.
Source: with agencies