U.S. forces discovered human remains in aircraft equipment on Aug. 16.
Crew members made the grisly find on the U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane. They suspect an Afghan national was so desperate to flee violent Taliban fighters that he tried to make the journey in the landing gear compartment.
Pilots first noticed something was wrong when they repeatedly failed to retract the landing gear, after taking off from Hamid Karzai International Airport. Finally after the plane made an emergency landing in a neighboring country, the crew discovered the dead stowaway inside the wheel well, according to the Washington Post.
Hundreds of Afghan people desperately tried to climb aboard, even after the aircraft had lifted off. Some tried to used their arms and legs to hang onto the plane’s exterior but plunged dozens of feet to their death.
At least seven people died in the attempted evacuation.
Video: Chaos continues at Kabul Airport as Afghans attempt to flee on remaining aircraft on the tarmac. pic.twitter.com/7DoRgEI4pe— Evan Kohlmann (@IntelTweet) August 16, 2021
Refused to stay
Different images have gone viral on social media, showing U.S. forces granting safe passage for 640 stowaways who refused to disembark a C-17 Globemaster III.
The military cargo plane was not designed to carry such a large number of people. However, the Afghans were so desperate flight crew had no choice but to transport them to Qatar according to The Guardian.
BL understands this is the largest number of people ever carried in this type of aircraft.
President Joe Biden ordered U.S. troops to quickly withdraw from Afghanistan. This let the militant group easily seize control of the presidential palace.
Biden broke his silence and accepted no blame for the fall of Kabul. He described the anguish of trapped Afghan civilians as “heartbreaking,” and admitted the Taliban took control of the country much faster than his administration expected.
Many analysts question his decision to withdraw troops without any contingency plan, which could have postponed the U.S.-backed Afghan government’s collapse.