The US Air Force said on Tuesday that it was investigating the circumstances surrounding human remains that were found in the wheel well of one of its C-17s that flew out of Kabul amid the chaos of the Taliban taking over the city. Human remains have reportedly been found in the wheel well of a US military plane after an evacuation flight left Kabul airport.
Video footage showed desperate Afghans running alongside and climbing on to a US Air Force C-17 transport plane as it was taxiing on a runway on Monday. The discovery was made upon landing at al Udeid Air Base in Qatar on Monday. The plane had breached the runway from the civilian side of the airport. At the airport in Kabul, there is a side for military operations and another side for commercial flights. Air operations were suspended for hours at the airport Monday because of the crush of Afghan civilians desperate to leave Kabul. Operations resumed after the U.S. military, Turkish forces and other troops forcibly removed 15,000 Afghan civilians who had breached the runway, a U.S. official said. The Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations is reviewing the incident in coordination with the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command and international partners.