Turkish Airlines jet flies to Kabul, Afghanistan amid chaos

A Turkish Airlines civilian flight managed to fly into Afghanistan and land at Kubul airport Monday amid the mass panic within the war-torn nation — earlier than taking off once more with greater than 300 passengers.

Turkish Airlines’ Flight 706, a Boeing 777 plane, departed from Istanbul early Monday morning for Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, as a part of what appeared to be its common every day schedule, according to Flightradar24.

The aircraft entered Afghanistan airspace from neighboring Turkmenistan and remained in a holding sample for nearly an hour earlier than touchdown in Kabul at 7:44 a.m.

Amid the chaos on the airport, the Turkish Airlines jet appeared to park at a piece of the airport that’s largely utilized by the army, according to Insider, citing Flightradar24.

The return flight to Istanbul was initially scheduled for 8:15 a.m., in accordance to Flightradar24, however it didn’t really take off till after 1 p.m. 

US troopers stand guard alongside a fringe on the worldwide airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 16, 2021.
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People struggle to enter the airport to flee the country after rumors that foreign countries are evacuating people even without visas, after Taliban took control of Kabul.
US officers will “secure” the Kabul airport whereas “taking over air traffic control” in order that Americans may be evacuated

The aircraft finally took off with 324 passengers who had been Turkish residents, the Hurriyet Daily News reported, describing the mission as a “special Turkish Airlines flight.”

Turkish Airlines, which usually operates 10 flights between Istanbul and Kabul each week, in accordance to the Turkish paper, has since canceled all its flights to and out of Afghanistan.

A consultant for Turkish Airlines didn’t return The Post’s request for touch upon its daring Monday flight.

Afghans gather around the area of Kabul Airport that is controlled by US military in Kabul, hoping to escape after the Taliban forces seized the country.
Afghans collect across the space of Kabul Airport that’s managed by US army in Kabul, hoping to escape after the Taliban forces seized the nation.
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According to FlightAware, the aircraft has since continued on with different operations for the airways, flying to Athens and Bangkok since Monday.

US officers have vowed to “secure” the chaotic airport whereas “taking over air traffic control” so as to evacuate Americans, with President Joe Biden ramping up the army presence within the war-torn nation’s capital to 7,000 US troops.

Still, photographs have been fired on the airport as residents of the capital make a last-ditch effort to escape Taliban rule with photos of individuals falling out of the air from departing cargo plans and plummeting to their deaths.

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