The Royal Air Force (RAF) packed its cargo jets to three times their maximum capacity for evacuation flights.
RAF evacuation flights from Kabul finished on Saturday, with three times the capacity of its massive C-17 cargo planes.
Images revealed yesterday showed how the RAF cargo planes’ cargo holds were packed to the brim with desperate Afghan refugees, British nationals, and their little belongings as the country fell to the Taliban.
“Our regular maximum for personnel on board is a total of 138,” the RAF’s 99 Squadron, which operated the C-17s, said in a tweet. For the past two weeks, we’ve more than tripled this on a daily basis.”
99 Squadron claimed that one C-17 Globemaster had 436 passengers on board, making it the largest capacity flight in RAF history.
During the evacuation, the USAir Force stated that 823 individuals were able to board the same model of aircraft.
While the UK evacuated almost 15,000 people following the fall of Kabul on August 15, at least 5,000 persons who are authorized to enter the nation are thought to have been left behind.
Hundreds of translators who have supported British forces over the last two decades are among them, as are roughly 100 to 150 UK nationals who have been unable to board evacuation planes.
After completing their Afghan mission, British troops returned to the UK on Sunday.
The UK foreign minister, James Cleverly, said it was impossible to say how many people in Afghanistan were still eligible to come to the UK.
He did say, though, that the “great, vast majority” of British citizens had fled Afghanistan.
However, those who had assisted UK forces and others who could be threatened by the Taliban were both eligible for the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (Arap) scheme.
The United Kingdom has vowed to continue seeking international agreement to ensure that the Taliban honors its promise to give Afghans and foreign nationals desiring to leave Afghanistan safe passage.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will meet with Turkish and Qatari officials this week as part of a series of diplomatic contacts.
“I tried for four days and four nights,” claimed one Afghan who assisted the British Embassy, the British Council, and went on foot patrols with UK forces. I tried everything I could think of to get into the airport, but I couldn’t even go inside.”Brinkwire Summary News.”