Evacuees from Afghanistan crowded on board US Air Force C-17 CREDIT DEFENSE ONE VIA REUTERS DOWNLOADED 170821 cover image
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Afghanistan: The Story Behind This Powerful Photo Of Evacuees On A C-17

The striking image shows an estimated 640 evacuees being flown from Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, on board a US Air Force C-17.

Evacuees from Afghanistan crowded on board US Air Force C-17 CREDIT DEFENSE ONE VIA REUTERS DOWNLOADED 170821 cover image

This is the photo you have probably seen on social media in the past 24 hours.

It shows an estimated 640 evacuees being flown from Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, on board a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft.

The city's airport has been the scene of chaos, with some people being shown in a recent video clinging on to an American plane as it took off.

Photos shared by Defense One show what they say is 640 Afghans on board a C-17. The crew was not intending to carry such a large number of people, but the evacuees pulled themselves on board through the open ramp.

Evacuees from Afghanistan crowded on board US Air Force C-17
The full image that has been shared online (Picture: Defense One via Reuters).

According to manufacturer Boeing, a C-17 Globemaster III is designed to carry a payload of 164,900lbs (74,797 kg), with 102 seats for passengers.

If you or someone you know needs support at this time, you can find more information by visiting the British Army website and the Government's website.

Further details about support available can be found on our website.