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Afghan Man Films Himself Clinging To US Plane As It Took Off From Kabul

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Afghan Man Films Himself Clinging To US Plane As It Took Off From Kabul

Incredible footage has been released showing an Afghani man clinging to the side of a US plane as it took off from Kabul.

It's been one of the enduring scenes seen around the world and showed how desperate people were to escape the Taliban after they seized control of the country.

Dozens of people crowded the American military plane and some even held on for so long that they eventually fell to their deaths.

While the main footage has showed the moment from a distance, one man managed to film himself and others while they were on the plane.

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Credit: Persian Media
Credit: Persian Media
Credit: Persian Media
Credit: Persian Media

You can see dozens, if not hundreds, of people standing along the side of the runway, seemingly devastated their ticket out of Afghanistan is leaving.

It's unknown how long the man was able to hold on for as the aircraft gathered pace for takeoff.

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Journalist Bryan Passifiume explained on Twitter: "I'm sure most were blown off during the takeoff roll, and the rest fell when the landing gear doors closed."

The video ends before the viewer finds out when the last remaining people leapt off the plane.

Devastating news revealed earlier this week confirmed that human remains had been discovered on one US military plane after it left Afghanistan.

According to ABC News, a US official stated that after landing at al Udeid air base in Qatar on Monday (16 August), the remains were found inside the wheel well of the C-17 military plane.

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A Kabul news agency stated: "Locals near Kabul airport claim that three young men who were holding themselves tightly in the wheels of an aeroplane fell on top of people's houses.

"One of the locals confirmed this and said that the fall of these people made a loud and terrifying noise."

People were so desperate to leave Afghanistan because they're afraid of what the Taliban will do to their country now that they've retaken control.

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Major concerns have been raised as to what this means for the rights of women and young girls in Afghanistan.

During the group's previous reign between 1996 and 2001, women were not permitted to go to school and were largely prevented from appearing in public without full-body coverings and male escorts.

Taliban officials have declared they will ensure women will be contributing members of society and have encouraged women to get involved in government.

However, reports in regional areas suggest the reality is very different to this promise and campaigners will be watching intently on whether the Taliban keep their word.

Featured Image Credit: Persian Media/YouTube

Topics: News

Stewart Perrie
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