With 640 relieved Afghans in the midst of terror and despair at Kabul’s international airport, an aircraft of transport from the US Air Force has taken off.
The C-17 Globe master II freight jet is used for over 30 years in military duty by the United States of America and its allies and can carry 77,564 kg of cargo.
The pilot and crew of the aircraft, however, who were assigned to 436th airlift in Delaware, were overwhelmed by the number of Afghans onboard and decided not to force passengers off the flight late on Sunday in their home country but rather to leave with a full load of human cargo.
The crew first thought they had around 800 passengers aboard the evacuation aircraft to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, the US military site Defense One, which featured stunning photos of the Mercy Mission.
The site has indicated that it is thought that 640 passengers are among the most individuals ever on the C-17.
“Those who had been cleared of evacuating Afghans who had been terrified onto the partially open ramp of the C 17, using the call sign Reach 871, did not plan to accept such a huge load,” said the site.