C-17 Sets Record Flight
C-17 Sets Record Flight A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III safely evacuated some 640 Afghans from Kabul late Sunday, August 15th, to Qatar. And according to U.S. defense officials and photos obtained by Defense One.
It is believed to be among the most individuals ever flown in the C-17. a massive military cargo plane that has been operated by the U.S. and its allies for nearly three decades. Flight tracking software shows the plane belongs to the 436th Air Wing, based at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
The C-17’s Initial Plan
The C-17 was not intending to take on such a large load, but panicked Afghans who had been cleared to evacuate pulled themselves onto the C-17’s half-open ramp, a video posted late Sunday showed.
Instead of trying to force those refugees off the aircraft, “the crew made the decision to go,” a defense official told Defense One. “Approximately 640 Afghan civilians disembarked the aircraft when it arrived at its destination,” one defense official said.
Hundreds of Afghans run alongside a US military plane as it takes off from Kabul Monday desperate to board. Unfortunately, three locals who were trying to leave the country by trying to hide in the wheel well or holding onto the wing of the plane, fell to their deaths just after takeoff.