Viewer Discretion Advised: this video is disturbing. A person clinging to the fuselage of a C17 loaded with passengers fleeing the Taliban-controlled city of Kabul plummets to the ground as the plane lifts off.
In an image that is eerily reminiscent of people leaping from the Twin Towers on 9/11 a single person falls to the ground, presumably 100’s of feet, as the C17 evacuation flight lifts off. The video was shared to Reddit, below:
Note: the video shared to Reddit, appears to be originally sourced from the local news agency Asvaka
As has been widely reported in the last 24 hours, the country of Afghanistan has fallen into Taliban control and total chaos has descended on the country including the capital city of Kabul where a Saigon-esque evacuation was underway.
Thousands of residents attempting to clamber on to some of the last flights out of the airport in a desperate bid to escape. Indeed, as we reported earlier, an Apache helicopter was needed to clear the runway as people attempted to jump on the plane.
An alternative view of the incident was also shared to Reddit:
In a video tweeted by Amichai Stein, an Israeli journalist, people can be seen clinging to the landing gear and fuselage of the plane as it starts its taxi.
Kabul airport pic.twitter.com/mox1IG0SzMâ€” Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) August 16, 2021
Heartbreaking images and videos as total madness ensues in the country of Afghanistan, now controlled by the Taliban some twenty years after the US invasion following the events of 9/11.