Thousands of Afghans have been filmed desperately chasing after and clinging to a US Air Force plane as it taxied down the runway — with at least two falling to their deaths in the frantic attempt to flee the country after the Taliban takeover, shocking new video shows.
Just moments after the military plane left the runway on Monday, the two young men can be seen falling onto the tarmac, local media reports.
They were among the thousands filmed chasing after and climbing onto the military plane as it prepared to take off.
In chaotic scenes on Monday, crowds of Afghans stormed Kabul’s international airport and swarmed the tarmac as US military flights were preparing to leave.
One shocking video being shared on social media shows a crowd of people running alongside a military plane as it taxied down the runway.
Dozens of people can be seen trying to grip onto the sides of the plane.
In other videos, hundreds of people can be seen running across the tarmac as US soldiers fired warning shots in the air.
A US official said troops had fired in the air to deter people trying to force their way onto a military flight that was set to evacuate American diplomats out of the fallen city.
Another shows a crowd trying to push and shove their way up a staircase in a bid to board a plane, with some people hanging off the railings.
Five people were killed during the airport chaos but it wasn’t immediately clear how the victims died.
The shocking scenes came just hours after Taliban insurgents toppled the Western government after a lightening, week-long onslaught across the country.
The Taliban swept into Kabul on Sunday after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, bringing a stunning end to a two-decade campaign in which the US and its allies had tried to transform Afghanistan.
The US Embassy has already been evacuated and the American flag lowered, with diplomats relocating to the airport to aid with the evacuation.
With Post wires
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