US Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said the pilots of the C-17 military transport plane made the right choice by continuing to take off from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, despite the fact that there were people on the runway. Due to the actions of the pilots during the evacuation from Afghanistan, several people died.
The US Air Force, after an investigation, considered that “the crew acted appropriately and showed common sense”, deciding to take to the air as quickly as possible. They made the decision “faced with an unprecedented and rapidly deteriorating security situation” in Afghanistan, the BBC said.
“The pilots’ flying skills and ingenuity ensured the safety of the crew and their aircraft,” said Ms. Stefanek (quoted from Politico). According to her, during the investigation it was concluded that the crew “complied with the applicable rules of engagement that are typical for such an incident and in general for an armed conflict.” She expressed her condolences to the victims.
The evacuation of civilians was carried out in August 2021 during the takeover of power in Afghanistan by the Taliban (a terrorist group banned in the Russian Federation) after the withdrawal of US troops. The Taliban were allowed to leave the country through the airport. Some people, in an attempt to escape, grabbed the landing gear of the aircraft and fell to the ground as they climbed. Several people died in the stampede.
Read more about how power collapsed in Afghanistan, read in the material “Kommersant” “Taliban Force”.
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