News Aug 17, 2021 5:26 PM EST

Human remains discovered in wheel well of departing military plane from Kabul

The plane was seen in a video on Monday taxiing down a runway at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, where it later took off.

Human remains discovered in wheel well of departing military plane from Kabul
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Amidst the chaos ensuing in Kabul, with thousands of Afghan people looking to flee the country, a US official has confirmed that human remains have been discovered in the wheel well of a C-17 military plane that departed from an airport in Kabul on Monday.

Upon landing at al Udeid Air Base in Qatar on Monday, the remains were found, according to ABC News.

The plane was seen in a video on Monday taxiing down a runway at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, where it later took off. People in the video are seen running down the runway alongside the plane, with some clinging onto its sides.

A defense official told ABC News that those who swarmed the runway had broken through the civilian side of the airport. The Kabul airport has both a military and civilian side.

Due to the crowds of Afghan people attempting to flee the country after the Taliban took over the capital city on Sunday, air operations were suspended for hours, only resuming later Monday after the US military, Turkish forces, and additional troops removed 15,000 afghan citizens from the runway.

According to the official, the C-17 had landed at the airport on Monday to deliver cargo. While attempting to unload that cargo, their plane was rushed with people. Deciding it was unsafe to unload, the aircrew began taxiing to fly to safety.

US Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said on Tuesday that the US will soon have the capacity to evacuate 5,000 to 9,000 individuals a day. These individuals would be evacuated own a  mix of commercial and military aircraft, depending on if if the Taliban will allow commercial planes to fly.

As of Tuesday, the White House said that both sides of the airport are operational, with 3,5000 US troops being deployed in the area to control the situation.

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