Soldiers flee to Uzbekistan with 22 fighter planes and 24 helicopters
The Afghan army surrendered to the Taliban almost without a fight. Some soldiers fled to Uzbekistan at the weekend. A military aircraft crashed on August 16, 2021, 6.43 p.m.
The radical Islamic Taliban took the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday . During their offensive they had little resistance from the Afghan army . Hundreds of soldiers fled to neighboring Uzbekistan at the weekend , announced the Uzbek Prosecutor General. A total of 585 soldiers crossed the border by air and 158 on foot on Sunday. https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/A9GPB/
The soldiers used 22 fighter planes and 24 helicopters during their escape. An Afghan fighter plane crashed in southern Uzbekistan.
Pilots were able to save themselves with a parachute
The incident occurred on Sunday evening after the Afghan capital Kabul was taken by the militant Islamist Taliban. Uzbek media published photos of a damaged machine lying on the ground
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The Uzbek news portal Gazeta.uz reported that the machine had crashed in the Sukhandarya province. The two pilots could have saved themselves with a parachute. They were taken to a hospital. It was unclear whether the pilots wanted to flee the Taliban or why the plane was flying over Uzbekistan.
The Ministry of Defense had initially informed the Uzbek media that the aircraft had been hit by an air defense system while illegally crossing the border. The Uzbek attorney general said that the plane had collided with an Uzbek fighter plane.