Dramatic video shows a man recording himself and other Afghans clinging to a US Air Force plane taxiing for takeoff at Kabul’s airport in a desperate attempt to flee from the Taliban-controlled country.
The footage, which was taken Monday, shows the smiling man waving to a crowd of people lining the tarmac a day after the insurgents toppled the government — sparking a mad scramble to find outgoing flights.
At least two people were seen plunging to their deaths after the giant C-17 Globemaster jet gained altitude over the fallen capital.
US officials said seven people were killed, including two shot by US troops, after the crowds stormed the international airport and swarmed the tarmac.
Dozens of people could be seen trying to grip onto the fuselage of the transport aircraft.
The chaos prompted the US military to temporarily suspend evacuations — both military and civilian — to clear people from the airfield.
The shocking scenes came just hours after the Taliban toppled the Western-backed government after a 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.