People ‘fall from plane leaving Kabul after trying to stowaway in desperation’

People ‘fall from plane leaving Kabul after trying to stowaway in desperation’

People ‘fall from plane leaving Kabul after trying to stowaway in desperation’

Written by Staff Writer

16 Aug, 2021 | 5:39 pm

NDTV : Three persons allegedly held on to a wheel of a US plane flying out of Kabul and are seen falling to their death in one of the multiple videos showing insane attempts by Afghans to escape Taliban rule.

A video of stowaways looking like dots dropping from the plane was shared by many, including Tariq Majidi of TOLO News, who wrote: “Three Kabul residents who were trying to leave the country by hiding next to the tire or wing of an American plane, fell on the rooftop of local people. They lost their lives due to the terrible conditions in Kabul.”

Increasingly distressing videos showed the mayhem in Afghanistan after the takeover of Kabul by the Taliban on the weekend, and the desperation of thousands trying to flee the city.

At least five people were killed in the airport as people crowded the tarmac and tried to forcibly enter planes leaving the Afghan capital. It is not known whether they were killed by gunshots or in a stampede.

Mobs, including women and little children, started gathering outside the Kabul airport last night, determined to get away after the Taliban entered the presidential palace and President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

Many were seen this morning trying to scale the walls and squeeze through barbed wires.

US troops fired warning shots into the air to prevent crowds running onto planes.

Some of them grabbed aircraft wheels and wings, as videos suggest.

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