A Turkish Airlines civilian flight made it to Afghanistan and landed at Kubul airport on Monday amid widespread panic in the war-torn country – before departing with more than 300 passengers.
Turkish Airlines Flight 706, a Boeing 777, took off from Istanbul early Monday for Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, on what appeared to be its regular daily schedule, according to Flightradar24.
The plane entered Afghan airspace from neighboring Turkmenistan and stood on hold for nearly an hour before landing in Kabul at 7.44am.
Amid the chaos at the airport, the Turkish Airlines plane appeared to park in a section of the airport mainly used by the military, according to Insider, citing Flightradar24.
The return flight to Istanbul was originally scheduled for 8.15 a.m., according to Flightradar24, but it didn’t take off until after 1 p.m.
The plane finally took off with 324 passengers who were Turkish citizens, the Hurriyet Daily News reported, describing the mission as a “special Turkish Airlines flight”.
Turkish Airlines, which normally operates 10 flights between Istanbul and Kabul each week, according to the Turkish newspaper, has since canceled all of its flights to and from Afghanistan.
A Turkish Airlines representative did not respond to The Post’s request for comment on Monday’s daring flight.
According to FlightAware, the plane has since continued other operations for airlines, serving Athens and Bangkok since Monday.
US officials have vowed to “secure” the chaotic airport while “taking over air traffic control” in order to evacuate Americans, with President Biden increasing the military presence in the capital of the war-torn country to 7 000 American soldiers.
Still, shots were fired at the airport as residents of the capital make a last ditch effort to escape Taliban rule, with images of people falling from the air from departing cargo planes and falling towards the sea. dead.