Kabul Airport: Desperate escape attempts

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Emma Teitel
Emma Teitel
Emma Teitel is an award-winning national affairs columnist with the Toronto Star who writes about anything and everything. She got her start at Maclean's Magazine where she wrote frequently about women's issues, LGBT rights, and popular culture.

Dramatic scenes on Monday at Kabul airport: thousands of people desperately tried to reach one of the few flights that could have taken them out of the country. Some clung to the chassis, although the machine had already started. Other shots allegedly show how people could no longer hold themselves after takeoff and crashed from a great height. However, the authenticity of this video cannot be verified. Soldiers apparently fired warning shots to drive people off the runways. There are said to have been at least five deaths, but the cause is unclear.

A Bundeswehr aircraft took off from Baku to Kabul in the afternoon, but initially remained in the air in a waiting loop and then turned off again. American soldiers are working with other international troops to clear the airport. Meanwhile, a Bundeswehr aircraft was able to land in Kabul and take passengers on board.

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