Evacuation Flight to Tbilisi Departs Kabul Virtually Empty

An evacuation flight from Kabul that landed in Georgia early on August 19 was largely empty, a photograph taken onboard shows.

This photograph, shared with Storyful by the Nowzad organization, shows the inside of the military cargo plane that carried some evacuees from the Afghan capital. It was taken by Kaisa Markhus, whose husband, Paul ‘Pen’ Farthing, a former Royal Marine, runs the Nowzad animal-welfare charity in Afghanistan.

“Kaisa is on her way home! BUT this aircraft is empty…scandalous as thousands wait outside,” Farthing wrote in a tweet showing the photograph. The airport in Kabul, he said, was “being crushed as they cannot get in. Sadly people will be left behind when this mission is over as we CANNOT get it right.”

After flying to Georgia, Markhus continued to Norway, where she is from. Others destined for Norway who flew on the military plane described it as sparsely filled, according to local media reports. Credit: Nowzad via Storyful

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