Afghanistan: striking image appears to show 640 people fleeing Kabul in packed US military plane

Hundreds of people crammed into a US carrier in a desperate attempt to escape Kabul after Taliban forces took control of the capital

An extraordinary image has emerged that appears to show hundreds of Afghans packed into a US military cargo plane, in a desperate attempt to flee Kabul after the fall of the capital to the Taliban.

The picture obtained by US defence and security news site Defense One is believed to show 640 people crammed into a C-17 Globemaster III, among the highest number of people ever carried in such an aircraft.

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