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Situation In Afghanistan Leads To Kabul Flight Disruptions

***Update on 08/15/2021 at 21:36 UTC – Inserted more details about the situation in Kabul***


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As the Taliban take control of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, the impact on aviation has been extreme. From desperate attempts to evacuate as many people as possible to heartbreaking scenes of desperation at the airport, the situation is going from bad to worse.


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With Taliban forces now in the Afghan capital of Kabul, the country’s president has been forced to flee, making way for a new government. With a heightened state of chaos in recent weeks, the country has lost almost all control to the terrorist-friendly Taliban. This has forced British Airways to reconsider its flight paths through Afghan airspace.


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The people are pulling a Tom Cruise and hanging on the sides of C-17s flying into the air

You can’t really blame the people for wanting to leave ASAP.

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Even the government is scared of the Taliban… That’s why many people wanted to leave.

Amid chaotic scenes at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, around 640 people have been evacuated from the city on a single United States Air Force (USAF) C-17A flight to Al Udeid Air Base airbase in Qatar. It is likely the most people ever carried on this type of plane.


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This is so sad :cry: especially seeing the people fly off the C-17 while it was in mid-air. I’ve been lucky enough to fly the C-17, and I sure as heck wouldn’t want to be crowded in it like many pictures show, let alone hang for my life off of it.

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There’s also a really disturbing one which you probably don’t want to know about, once your airborne on that thing you won’t live for very long

You shouldn’t be on any moving vehicle to begin with :joy: but if the life you know has been wiped away in a blink of an eye, I mean…just not sure what to make of it. Super sad

Yeah… They must have been really desperate to do that, considering the situation in Afghanistan.

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Lufthansa is helping to evacuate people from Afghanistan with one of its Airbus A340 aircraft. The German government has chartered the flights. The German flag carrier’s aircraft aren’t flying into Afghanistan but instead collecting people removed from the country to Qatar and Uzbekistan by the German military.


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As the situation in Afghanistan remains unstable, the airspace over the country was declared military-only on Monday, with commercial flights asked not to overfly. This meant two Air India flights from the US had to divert to the UAE on short notice, pushing the pilots over their flight duty time limit (FDTL). Both aircraft landed safely in Delhi a few hours late.


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Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport has reopened on a limited basis, according to reports. The civilian side of the airport had been closed until further notice after it was breached by desperate Afghanis seeking to escape the country as the Taliban claimed control of the country’s capital this weekend.


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The Biden Administration is looking to activate the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) to assist with the evacuation of Afghanistan. With the military evacuations continuing in earnest, there are more people than seats available on planes to evacuate key personnel and other evacuees from Afghanistan. As a result, US officials are looking to marshal commercial aircraft to assist in the evacuation.


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@Alaska096 where is your civil air patrol

The Department of Defense (DOD) officially announced on Sunday morning that it would activate Stage I of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF). Marshaling 18 civil aircraft to support the evacuation from Afghanistan, the DOD will utilize the extra air capacity provided by civil jets to relieve pressure from bases that are housing evacuees from Afghanistan and free up military aircraft to focus on the evacuation out of Kabul.


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The United States Department of Defense (DOD) formally announced yesterday that it would activate Stage I of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) to help with the Afghanistan evacuations. With this critical action taking place, let’s take a look at CRAF’s role.


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Pakistan International Airlines has temporarily suspended its flights to Kabul, citing an uncertain security situation and dangerous landing conditions as reasons to stop flying. Sources close to the airline said there are piles of garbage on the runway and no security checks or immigration processes in place at the airport. PIA was the only commercial airline still flying into Kabul to evacuate stranded people.


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The scenes at Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport are horrifying, and it is impossible to know just how awful it is when so far away. Yet ch-aviation.com reports that Afghanistan’s largest airline, Kam Air, is in talks with the Taliban to restart operations. Although it is a highly sensitive matter and timeframes are anything but certain, we look at Kam Air, whose first flight was in December 2004. Since then, 20 aircraft types have been used.


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