Kabul Rescue Flights by 12 Countries

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Kabul Rescue Flights

KABUL RESCUE FLIGHTS BY 13 COUNTRIES

CATARINA MADUREIRAAUGUST 22, 2021AVIATION NEWS7 COMMENTS

Since the fall of Kabul, Afghanistan to the Taliban forces on 15th August, the world has joined together to rescue their nationals and Afghans. We have compiled a list of ten countries that are flying day and night, in very difficult conditions, to rescue as many people as possible.

Please note the below list of countries is not complete or exhaustive. There are some countries we did not cover in this post. (The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Denmark etc)

Canada

Canada is using two CC-177 Globemaster’s to rescue Canadian nationals and Afghan refugees fleeing the Taliban takeover. The first flight left Kabul airport late Thursday evening, carrying 175 Afghans and 13 foreign nationals.

#BREAKING: This Boeing CC-177 Globemaster III of #RCAF with 177702 serial number has all the #Canadian citizens including staff of #Canada‘s embassy in #Kabul onboard. It left #Afghanistan two hours ago. pic.twitter.com/j3RVuRqDUi— Babak Taghvaee – Μπάπακ Τακβαίε – بابک تقوایی (@BabakTaghvaee) August 15, 2021

“The Globemaster’s are currently being reconfigured to carry the maximum number of people as safely as possible, and Canadian Armed Forces personnel are empowered to make decisions on the ground in the interest of saving human lives.”

Department of National Defence spokesperson Jessica Lamirande.

Germany

On 18th August the first of three Afghanistan evacuee flights, on behalf of the German government, arrived at Frankfurt with 130 people.

The Airbus A340-300 from Lufthansa picked up passengers who had been taken by the German air force from the Afghan capital of Kabul to the Uzbek capital of Tashkent. Further special flights from Tashkent, Doha and other neighbouring nations are due to be used for evacuation purposes in the next few days.

The first of 3 Afghanistan evacuee flights on behalf of the German government by Lufthansa is now en route. Currently scheduled are a second flight from Tashkent and one from Doha. Evacuees were flown out of Afghanistan on other transports first. https://t.co/o1ytdxEv6T pic.twitter.com/G3UGUSSNHc— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) August 17, 2021

Lufthansa A340 arriving in Frankfurt (Photo: Reuters)
Lufthansa A340 arriving in Frankfurt (Photo: Reuters)

Also, German Joint Forces are performing rescue flights using the A400; as of yesterday 11 flights had been performed, with 1640 people on board in total.

Insgesamt über 1000 zu Schützende in Sicherheit! Mit 230 Personen an Bord ist der 8. Flug der Bundeswehr auf dem Weg von #Kabul nach Taschkent. Unsere #A400M pendeln vor Ort zwischen #Afghanistan und Usbekistan. Um die zu Schützenden schnellstmöglich auszufliegen. pic.twitter.com/QU60oUVrxK— Verteidigungsministerium (@BMVg_Bundeswehr) August 19, 2021

Pakistan

Pakistan International Airlines was the only commercial airline continuing to fly to Kabul, after all the others had pulled out by 16th August.

However after multiple flights and evacuating about 2000 people from Kabul, including journalists, diplomats and staff of the IMF/World Bank, PIA decided to suspend operations, due to unsafe tarmac and taxiways, debris and lack of relevant airport staff and facilities for flight operations.

Here @Ali_Mustafa shares one of the most under reported stories of courage and duty. #Pakistan’s embassy in #Kabul under @ambmansoorkhan and PIA ✈️ have been flying daily. Here how they helped 250 @WorldBank employees leave safely. pic.twitter.com/pIWFBdsf4e— Hassan Akbar (@hass_akbr) August 21, 2021

On Friday 20th, PIA operated two flights using an A320 and a Boeing 777. The CEO of PIA, Arshad Malik, personally flew to Kabul to assess the situation.

I’m being told this is reason PIA decided to stop it’s flight for Kabul. On his visit CEO PIA did an FOD walk at Kabul airport & found stuff that should not be there. Mostly trash & debris from the run over which he is seen clearing on the taxiway of the aircraft. pic.twitter.com/lF0O880jkH— Tahir Imran Mian ✈ (@TahirImran) August 21, 2021

USA

The US is by far the country that is performing the most rescue flights, with multiple flights being made daily. President Joe Biden said on Friday that the US has evacuated approximately 13.000 people since last weekend and 18.000 since July.

On 15th August, the USA Air Force transported 823 Afghan citizens from Hamid Karzi International Airport. A new record for the C-17 Globemaster. The original count of 640 was including only adults, 183 children were also onboard.

CORRECTION: A @usairforce C-17 Globemaster III safely transported 823 Afghan citizens from Hamid Karzai International Airport Aug. 15, 2021. This is a record for this aircraft.⁰
The initial count of 640 inadvertently included only adults. 183 children were also aboard. https://t.co/DL6wP8WTQV— Air Mobility Command (@AirMobilityCmd) August 20, 2021

On Friday, CNN International Correspondent Clarissa Ward shared details of her flight out of Kabul onboard a C-17. The flight departed for Doha, with nearly 300 Afghans and US nationals onboard.

On our flight and getting ready for takeoff pic.twitter.com/bGaYREsbxT— Clarissa Ward (@clarissaward) August 20, 2021

Yesterday an Afghan mother delivered a baby girl just after touching down at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. The mother started having complications, while the aircraft was at its flight altitude, due to the lower cabin pressure in the plane.

“The aircraft commander decided to descend in altitude to increase air pressure in the aircraft, which helped stabilize and save the mother’s life.”

Medical support personnel from the 86th Medical Group help an Afghan mother and her family off a @usairforce C-17 Globemaster III moments after she delivered a baby aboard the aircraft at @RamsteinAirBase in Germany. pic.twitter.com/339bMiVDVO— Department of Defense 🇺🇸 (@DeptofDefense) August 22, 2021

On 21st August, National Airlines A330-200 (Flight Number NCR420, Registration N819CA) was the first US commercial carrier to airlift Afghan evacuees to the US. The aircraft, with 270 passengers, landed at Washington Dulles Airport on Saturday around 13:20.

The journey of 6,942 miles was covered in 14 hours and 37 mins from Al Udeid Air Force Base in Qatar, with a technical stop In Sofia, Bulgaria.

National Airlines is the first U.S. commercial carrier to airlift Afghan evacuees to the U.S. The company A330 aircraft arrived at Washington Dulles Airport today. Mobile lounge unit is used to disembark all passengers onboard.
National Airlines is the first US commercial carrier to airlift Afghan evacuees to the US. The company A330 aircraft arrived at Washington Dulles Airport today. A mobile lounge unit is being used to disembark all passengers onboard.

Today the Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered the Civil Reserve Air Fleet to activate, requesting 18 aircraft from various US airlines, to help with the evacuation of Afghans and Americans. It’s only the third time in history that the US airlines have been mobilized by the military.

American Airlines, Atlas Air, Omni Air and Delta are to provide three aircraft each, Hawaiian Airlines must provide two aircraft and United Airlines will provide four planes. These aircraft will not be flying into Kabul, they will be used for picking up passengers from staging bases in the Middle East and flying them to the US or other locations.

Spain

Up to today, 378 people have arrived at Torrejón airbase, close to Madrid, in six aircraft. Last night two A400M’s left Kabul for Dubai with 177 persons onboard, 110 of which are Afghan collaborators from Spain and the remaining 67 from the United States.

Ya han aterrizado en Dubái los dos aviones A400 de @DefensaGob procedentes de Kabul. Las dos aeronaves llevan 177 pasajeros a bordo, de los que 110 son afganos colaboradores de España y los 67 restantes, de EE.UU. pic.twitter.com/uLq4HCBRP2— La Moncloa (@desdelamoncloa) August 22, 2021

France

The French Air Force A400M performed a new evacuation on Saturday 21st. As the aircraft took off from Al Dhafra Air Base, it fired anti-missile flares; it is still unknown why. Since Monday more than 570 people have been evacuated from Kabul onboard A400M and C130 aircraft supplied by the French army.

Photo: Twitter/Armée française

France is also using the Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) to fly people for the second journey from UAE to Paris, they have made five flights in the last five days.

Photo: Twitter/Armée française
Photo: Twitter/Armée française

La mobilisation continue. pic.twitter.com/cSNFXs3PG7— Florence Parly (@florence_parly) August 19, 2021

India

According to IndiaToday, the country has been allowed to operate two flights per day to evacuate its citizens from Kabul.

As of today, India has brought back close to 400 people on three flights; the first using an IAF C-17, from Kabul to Hindon airbase close to Delhi, with 168 people onboard. Another group of 87 Indians and two Nepalese nationals were also flown in a special Air India flight from Dushanbe.

Evacuation continues!
IAF special repatriation flight with 168 passengers onboard, including 107 Indian nationals, is on its way to Delhi from Kabul. pic.twitter.com/ysACxClVdX— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) August 22, 2021

Australia

The Royal Australian Air Force is using both the C-130 and the C-17 to take Australian citizens, and Australian visa holders, out of Kabul. Most of these rescue flights are destined to the Al Minhad Air Force Base in the UAE. From there a chartered Hi Fly A340 is to transport them to Australia.

More families out of Kabul.

Australian citizens and visa holders have departed Hamid Karzai Airport, Afghanistan on one of our C-17A Globemasters.

We’re continuing to support Aus Govt efforts evacuating people from Afghanistan. More info: https://t.co/xiY6krFP0l#AusAirForce pic.twitter.com/zKoBxiQ3Un— Royal Australian Air Force (@AusAirForce) August 20, 2021

Belgium

The Belgian Air Force sent two C130s to fly evacuees from Kabul to Islamabad, from there an A330 MRTT has taken the passenger to Europe.

The two @BeAirforce #C130s are being prepared for departure shortly to Pakistan for the evacuation of fellow countrymen from Afghanistan. @15WAirTransport @BelgiumDefence #NEO pic.twitter.com/RPs3LmvDqI— Belgian Air Force🇧🇪 (@BeAirForce) August 18, 2021

Right now an Air Belgium Airbus A340 is on its way to Islamabad, Pakistan to bring evacuees that were flown from Kabul back to Belgium, on behalf of the Belgium government.

An Air Belgium A340 is now en route to Islamabad to bring evacuees from Afghanistan back to Europe. https://t.co/4caoA6peyr pic.twitter.com/npdwAnOvTE— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) August 22, 2021

United Kingdom

The Royal Air Force deployed a C-17 and an A400M to Kabul, to transport evacuees to the UAE. From there, the A330 MRTT is transporting them to the UK.

Royal Air Force’s @Airbus A400M is on its way to #Afghanistan.

Track #NAG82XT on #RadarBoxhttps://t.co/DtIIXylNZH#Airbus #A400M #Kabul #KabulAirport pic.twitter.com/qaRxPgnG6D— RadarBox (@RadarBox24) August 21, 2021

The entire Defence community could not be prouder of the work being done right now by @BritishArmy @RoyalAirForce @RoyalNavy @RoyalMarines in Kabul. 🇬🇧

Everyday they are saving lives. pic.twitter.com/y94M9sVbMn— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) August 21, 2021

“We haven’t sent out a single empty plane,” British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told Sky News, adding that unfilled seats had been allocated to NATO allies.

Wallace has said that 2,000 Britons and Afghan employees will be called by Britain to leave Afghanistan in the coming days.

Turkey

Yesterday 379 Turkish nationals departed from Kabul via two A400M aircraft from the Turkish Air Force.

The moment Turkish Air Force evacuates Turkish citizens from #Kabul with an A400 military transport plane. Turkish troops provide security. pic.twitter.com/lSeL9lObZI— Ali Özkök (@Ozkok_A) August 19, 2021

Last Monday, 16th August, Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 was the last civilian airplane managed to land in Kabul after being in a holding pattern for almost an hour; amid the chaos at the airport the aircraft took off with 324 passengers onboard.

#TK706 | #TK707 timeline (times UTC)

03:14 TK706 lands at KBL
06:03 TK707 1st taxi to runway
06:28 Hold at RWY intersection
07:24 Return to parking
08:35 2nd taxi to runway
08:48 Departure from KBL
13:48 Landing at ISThttps://t.co/pYaGO42J4L pic.twitter.com/qnG5Knxny3— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) August 16, 2021

Indonesia

On 20th August the Indonesia Air Force sent a Boeing 737-400 to evacuate 26 of their citizens, plus five Filipinos and two Afghan nationals, from Kabul via Pakistan.

Indonesian citizens who were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, walk down the stairs from the Indonesian Airforce’s aircraft as they arrive at Halim Perdanakusuma airbase in Jakarta, Indonesia, August 21st 2021, in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Galih Pradipta/ via REUTERS

Italy

Until yesterday the Italian Air Force rescued 1600 Afghans to Rome using a Boeing KC-767A and C-130J.

Attività senza sosta per le #ForzeArmate🇮🇹 per realizzare il ponte aereo che con velivoli dell’#AeronauticaMilitare ha portato in Italia finora oltre 1600 afghani, gli ultimi 103 giunti nella serata di ieri a Fiumicino dall’#Afghanistan#COVI #Difesa#UnaForzaperilPaese#21agosto pic.twitter.com/NF9iR6JRqi— Forze Armate StatoMaggioreDifesa (@SM_Difesa) August 21, 2021

Chaos at Kabul Airport in Afghanistan – Civilian Airport Closed

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Please note the below list of countries is not complete or exhaustive. There are countries we did not cover in this post. (The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Denmark, New Zealand etc)CATARINA MADUREIRA

Catarina was born in Lisbon, Portugal. Since childhood, she became an aviation enthusiast. 3 years ago, she became interested in aviation photography. Catarina graduated with Mechanical Engineering and is now doing the B1 AME license.

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7 RESPONSES

  1. August 23, 2021Clark Vincent Ga-asReplyYou have forgotten the Philippines in your article. Thanks! 🙂
  2. August 22, 2021ErikReplyThanks for this article. Missing the Dutch contribution. Hopefully you can add this.
  3. August 22, 2021Servaas VerbruggeReplyThe Netherlands should also be mentioned. Out of my head a Hungarian C-17 was involved (so: another country you can mention), two A-330 MRTTs and their DC-10.
  4. August 22, 2021Duilio PaciniReplyActually Italy is operating at least one flight a day with their c130
    • August 22, 2021Tom van AakenAnd several others have also been made with their KC-767’s from Kuwait City.
  5. August 22, 2021Ninette MurkReplyAnd don’t forget Belgium: they have two military planes (C130) that fly people from Kabul to Islamabad, where civilian flights can take over. The first two missions were unsuccessful, in the second two they managed to rescue over 300 people and the mission is still ongoing- there are 580 people on the list.

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