As Twitchy reported earlier, there was some horrifying footage of what looked like bodies falling from a C-17 in flight out of Afghanistan. Footage shot from the runway did show people clinging to the outside of the plane as it taxied down the runway.
Chaotic scenes as Afghans attempt to cling to US Air Force plane departing from Kabul
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) August 16, 2021
Word was spreading around that there were around 800 people on just one of those flights, but that number has been revised down to only 640.
— Marcus Weisgerber (@MarcusReports) August 16, 2021
A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III safely evacuated some 640 Afghans from Kabul late Sunday, according to U.S. defense officials and photos obtained by Defense One.
That’s believed to be among the most people 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, using the call sign Reach 871, 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.
we’re gonna find out that we bribed the taliban not to attack the airport while we evacuate people
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) August 17, 2021
We’ve been seeing that take quite a bit.
640. "That’s believed to be among the most people 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." https://t.co/ArnSWEOWv4
— John A. Moreno (@morenojohn) August 16, 2021
So it wasn't 800 people on the C-17 last night (that was an estimate from the crew).
It was *just* 640 people. https://t.co/2QB7HaIVUT
— Drew McCoy (@_Drew_McCoy_) August 16, 2021
The crew of this plane are heroes. God bless them.
— Rhonda Roberts (@RhondaRealtorKy) August 16, 2021
For the crew onboard, heartbreak and pride in massive measures. I’d not have ever wanted to be anyone on that plane. Well done to all involved on this jet 💪🏽
and massively heartbreaking more isn’t being done.
— Sumochops (@sumochops) August 16, 2021
I would like to see more women and children, but the reality is they are all in danger of Taliban violence and retribution. May they all land safely.
— ItsOkayByMe (@ItsOkayByMe) August 16, 2021
Look at all those girls and women saved from life under the Taliban. Heroic.
— Noelie (@noeliehoward) August 16, 2021
Hey, there are some women mixed in there.
God bless the crew. May there be many more such flights.
— Al Beck (@Albert_Beck91) August 16, 2021
Amazing. More of this, please!
— 👂🏼like “Mike”🗣Mich Says #GetVaccinated💉😷 (@MichaelPLS) August 16, 2021
— Nima (@nim_a) August 16, 2021
My Late Father volunteered along with his Pan Am crew to fly into Iran after the fall of the Shah. I don’t know how many people the 747 carried out, but it certainly helped many. His was the last Commercial Flight into Iran.
— Belle & MrB (@bellewitch66) August 16, 2021
This reminds me of this photo my father took of refugees he was evacuating on his cargo plane as Saigon fell. Women, children, little babies. 😭 pic.twitter.com/OpO2cK4RAZ
— Heather Doyle (@heathermdoyle) August 16, 2021
President Biden assured us we wouldn’t be seeing airlifts off of the roof of the U.S. Embassy and that there was no comparison to Vietnam.
I remember back in 1975 a QUANTAS 747 evacuated over 700 from Saigon. Pan American departed with over 600. It was a race to see who could transport the largest number
— Dan Jackson (@DanJack45260569) August 16, 2021
I was in same position in 1975 on the baby airlift out of Vietnam. I didn’t know at the time, but I literally won the lottery of life! I love USA! We are not perfect but America is still a beacon for the whole world!
— Timescapes (@bernardchen_) August 16, 2021
Absolutely astonishing image.
— Jill Mead (@speediemeadie) August 17, 2021
Incredible courage and humanity under an unthinkable situation.
— Adam Henckler (@AdamHenckler) August 16, 2021
Respect to the crew
— Kenneth Reeds (@kennethreeds) August 16, 2021
God bless the pilots and crew.
— The Reluctant Astronaut (@SecondBasemenDo) August 16, 2021
Blessings to the captain and his crews for their action.
— Sano Ray (@SanoRay2) August 16, 2021
— Ghazal (@whoisghazale) August 16, 2021
The story doesn’t say, but we’re certainly curious.
President Biden says you’re absolutely not going to be seeing people airlifted off the roof of the US Embassy in Afghanistan https://t.co/eaXorfKQ8K
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 12, 2021