C-17 aircraft are designed to carry around 100 paratroopers and their equipment, that didn’t stop an American C-17 leaving Kabul with 800 souls on-board.

Some are doubting this but it was again confirmed on the 20th of August, days after this article was published.

According to FAS, The C-17 measures approximately 174 feet long with a 170-foot wingspan.

“The aircraft is powered by four fully reversible Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 engines (the commercial version is currently used on the Boeing 757). Each engine is rated at 40,900 pounds of thrust. The thrust reversers direct the flow of air upward and forward to avoid ingestion of dust and debris.The aircraft is operated by a crew of three (pilot, copilot and loadmaster). Cargo is loaded onto the C-17 through a large aft door that accommodates military vehicles and palletized cargo.

The C-17 can carry virtually all of the Army’s air-transportable, outsized combat equipment. The C-17 is also able to airdrop paratroopers and cargo. Maximum payload capacity of the C-17 is 170,900 pounds, and its maximum gross takeoff weight is 585,000 pounds. With a payload of 130,000 pounds and an initial cruise altitude of 28,000 feet, the C-17 has an unrefueled range of approximately 5,200 nautical miles. Its cruise speed is approximately 450 knots (.77 Mach).”

You can listen to radio traffic where the number of people on-board is mentioned here.

At approximately 9:12 PM local time on the 15th, the Associated Press reported that the Taliban would soon declare the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan from the presidential palace in Kabul.

There is currently a massive evacuation underway by the U.S, Britain and others.

British transport aircraft including four C-17s, one A400M, one C-130 and three Voyagers are currently involved in evacuation efforts.

Huge British airlift effort underway in Afghanistan

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AlexS
AlexS
1 month ago

800 people at 100kg each is 80t , max payload is 77,5t and that should be a short range. To not talk about space. Don’t believe it.

Last edited 1 month ago by AlexS
Jaralodo
Jaralodo
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexS

I don’t think the average Afghan weighs 220lbs. Even with 1 bag each, they probably don’t weigh more than 80kg.

Donaldson
Donaldson
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexS

This picture shows 670 people stuffed into a C-17 back in 2013 leaving a little room on the ramp, I’d think giving the circumstances the passengers wouldn’t mind being sandwiched in for a 3 hour flight.

Source: https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/467793/c-17-crew-members-reflect-on-philippine-relief-efforts/

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AlexS
AlexS
1 month ago
Reply to  Donaldson

In face of your evidence, i change my mind. It might be possible. Thank you.

dan
dan
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexS

When people are scared to death and fear being left behind they will put up with a lot more than they normally would. I bet they were just relieved to be making it out alive. Hats off to the pilots and crews of the C-17(s) and the grunts on the ground providing force protection.

AlexS
AlexS
1 month ago
Reply to  dan

That is my thinking too with photo Donaldson posted. If that photo is 670 then a 100 more or so is not impossible.

Positroll
Positroll
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexS

Esp considering most Afghans are smaller than US soldiers and weigh a lot less than 100kg on average …

John Clark
John Clark
1 month ago
Reply to  dan

Absolutely Dan, it’s chaotic there. It brings back terrible scenes of people falling off airliner landing gear as they climbed out of Danang in 1975…

The US/UK force protection is stopping the the whole thing from being overwhelmed.

I just hope they aren’t forced to open fire to keep control…

WEB
WEB
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexS

Also, max payload means max fuel load as well. These 17s are going in fuel light to maximize cargo weight and then tanking almost immediately after takeoff. Several KC-10s in orbit over AFG

Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Donaldson

The world record is estimated to be (different records at the time gave different numbers) 1088 people on a B747 on an evacuation flight from Ethiopia in 1991.

danG
danG
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexS

they you’d be wrong…

Navigator
Navigator
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexS

Dude, seriously, you went through the math to validate what exactly?? The average afghani is not 100kg (probably more like 65kg) ,and lot of these people will likely be women and kids, didn’t factor that into your equation did you. 🙄

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexS

I did see a twitter video on the Guardian online paper showing as mass of people being piled into a C17 at the airport.

Sam Timms
Sam Timms
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexS

Most people don’t weigh that much tho even including baggage wich they probably don’t have as there’s 800 of them, so they could easily get under the 77.5t mark

davetrousers
davetrousers
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexS

Wow you consider 100kg to be the typical weight of a person.

Mike
Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexS

100kg per person! I don’t weigh that and I’m 6’”2 male. I pretty sure they won’t be allowed luggage

AlexS
AlexS
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

If there are 800 person in a C-17 you can be sure “allowing” was not much enforced.

CW
CW
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexS

800 people is well within limits for the average weight for planning at least, especially if they were light on fuel leaving which it sounds like they were with all the AR going on.

Dicey for sure, but doable if unpleasant. I’d hate to be the loadmaster trying to plan for that and probably having to tell people no more.

Kyle
Kyle
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexS

These people are not weighing 100kg each. I live in the UK and am not the most active person around (this is infact an overstatement of my activity) and I only weigh around 85kg.

These people live in what was the 7th poorest country in the world, do substantially more daily activity than most brits, so certainly they are not weighing in at 100kg each or anywhere near that.

Dense City
Dense City
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexS

I just hope and pray that all passengers and luggages are screened well and no human bomb will ever make it on board.

James Edmonds
James Edmonds
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexS

Alex. The fact you don’t believe it shows you’re lack of knowledge not the bravery of the air crew.

Michael Williams
Michael Williams
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexS

Your math is off a bit.
8000kg = 17636.981 pounds

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Ryan William Claus
Ryan William Claus
1 month ago

Your math is off… 8000 kg / 100kg = 80 not 800. You’re missing a zero on that figure. The actual result is 80 t (metric tons), or 88.18 sh tn (short tons). He’s actually not wrong on the payload capacity, which is easily verified by Wikipedia, but the average afghan male is nowhere near 220 lbs (They are actually closer to ~150 lbs or ~68 kg), let alone woman and children that would also be onboard. That puts us at 54.4t which is well under the 77 t max lifting payload of the C17, especially considering the C17 can… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Ryan William Claus
Aaron Geist
Aaron Geist
1 month ago

If you’re going to correct math, please check your own. 800×100 is 80,000, not 8,000, which would be a bit over 88 tons.

80kg is about the average weight in North America, but the average weight globally is 62kg, and in Asia a little under 58kg.

I think he’s way overestimating the average weight, but you dropped 90% of it.

I trust the people operating and loading the plane knew what they were doing, and people can accomplish a lot when motivated by an emergency situation.

Pifoy007
Pifoy007
1 month ago

Your math is very off and missing 1 zero. 800 people x 100kg is 80,000kg. That would be 176,369.8 lbs and would convert to 88.184 us tons or 78.736 uk tons.

Jim Degnan
Jim Degnan
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexS

Afghan people have babies. Or did you know that already. Should I also assume that you have a background as a Load Master on that particular aircraft?

DMFH
DMFH
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim Degnan

Former load master, familiar with (and huge fan of) the C17. Loved this plane as it was almost impossible to load it “wrong” not only do I believe the number, they probably could have taken more…

Mazza
Mazza
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexS

100kg !!! They don’t eat like Yanks, the men would be lucky if they weigh 75kg + 2 slices of bread.

Omokabish
Omokabish
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexS

Does the average Afghani really weigh 220 pounds (100kg)? My research shows the average Afghani male is 5’5″ and weighs 140.2 pounds. Considering that for every one person one pound over the “average” weight there should be another in the population that is one pound under 140 pounds, then the estimate weight should total approximately 56 short tons. This would leave a 41.5 short ton allowance. If my math is wrong, please correct me. So, for weight, I can believe the 800 number. My doubt is in the space for 800 people to stand inside the craft? Therein lies my… Read more »

CharlesF
CharlesF
1 month ago
Reply to  AlexS

Traditionally you average weight of passengers at 170 lbs or 77 kg. At 164,900 lbs useful load, the C-17 could theoretically carry about 950 souls on board with full fuel (181,000 lbs.) With less fuel, you could up that number considerably, however aircraft weight and balance limits (and space) would be the critical issues.

Joseph
Joseph
30 days ago
Reply to  AlexS

100kg each?You don’t understand, even Afganistan’s resources was exploited and many got rich with the 20 year “business” war …America was not able to develop the fastfood industry so most people are not ovwrweight

Shawn Sullivan
Shawn Sullivan
30 days ago
Reply to  AlexS

Your maths are wrong, if you take payload, divide by 800, that is less than 100 kgs per person, so 800 is obviously possible. The point is that the plane is full, which is good.

Scott C
Scott C
1 month ago

A USAF C-130 made it out of Viet Nam with 450 people on board, so I’d think 800 in a C-17 would be doable. https://www.913ag.afrc.af.mil/News/Article/674166/last-herk-out-of-vietnam/

geoff
geoff
1 month ago

The speed and suddeness of this collapse is astonishing. How to explain? The ANA is of the same blood as the Taliban so maybe the Western type structure did not fit the Afghans as well as we imagined nor were they keen to tell us what they really thought. Maybe they are not as fearful of a Taliban regime as people make out? What would be an analogy for the UK- a strictly Orthodox Anglican Theocracy in charge forcing us all to wear 17th century clothing and banning Morris dancing and Mead? I look to South Korea vs the North… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago
Reply to  geoff

Morning Geoff, from the night shift! I think, in their inter tribal political culture a deals a deal. It happened with the NA and General Dostrum in 2001, fighters change sides or surrender quickly with assurances of safety, free passage, and so on. Thousands of Taliban themselves surrendered then only to change heart and rise up at Qual I Jungi, where the NA, SBS and Green Berets destroyed them. As we’ve discussed on these articles so many times now ( when they’re not removed by trolls ) occupying Afghanistan and imposing our way over their way was never going to… Read more »

geoff
geoff
1 month ago

Morning Daniele fellow early riser! Sometimes it’s just all to much trying to make sense of this world. I intuitively feel that’good’ people have a duty to help those in peril. I feel sad for the women in Afghanistan in particular who have to live under this backward system and also fear in general terms leaving the rise of truly evil dictatorships such as in parts of Asia, Africa and South America. there are some bloody awful thugs out there in China,Belarus,Venezuela,Zimbabwe etc. and hey I understand we cannot fix it all but if we leave it be and unchecked,… Read more »

Andy P
Andy P
1 month ago
Reply to  geoff

Morning Geoff, while I don’t disagree with you I can understand why our ‘do gooding’ would be resented and resisted. As we’ve seen with Afghanistan, not everyone wants what we have and certainly not all of it. You can’t help but think that ‘we’ (the UK) could have done more with Zimbabwe, with the help of regional neighbours but maybe not enough oil. Sorry for the cynicism. There’s also the thing about only being able to piss with the cock you’ve got, I’m not sure how The West could realistically ‘fix’ China or Russia and in the meantime they’ll be… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago
Reply to  geoff

You’re not wrong geoff. But the “we” cannot just be the US and UK. Too many sit by and let us get on with it. By that I mean the non white eye nations. I think also it’s one thing to leave unchecked, I’m not suggesting that, and another to occupy, as happened in Afghanistan. Maybe China, with the manpower, can go in and smother them!! NATO only ever held the town’s, airports and key roads, too few men. NATO didn’t lose. We left. This would not be happening with western forces still in place. It was inevitable unless we… Read more »

geoff
geoff
1 month ago

Hi Andy P and Daniele. Thanks for the wise input and chat. On the subject of Zimbabwe, Maggie Thtacher made a sad and ultimately really bad decision not to recognise the Zimbabwe government of Muzorewa. There was a wonderful opportunity to develop that country for all its people of all colours in what could have been a model for the rest of Africa to follow. Instead they gave in to the evil monster Mugabe who looted and destroyed the country during his almost 40 year reign-left his people starving and without even basic Healthcare while he spent millions on his… Read more »

David Steeper
David Steeper
1 month ago
Reply to  geoff

Best reason i’ve heard was the Taliban used the time between Trumps announcement the US was leaving and now to get the Provincial Governors and local military to agree to surrender. That’s why there’s been so little resistance. Just 1 theory.

Ulya
Ulya
1 month ago

Hello Daniele, Just thinking about your China comment, as I assume you know the Chinese are already looking to make economic deals in Afghanistan, but they will avoid any sort of conflict if possible and certainly wouldn’t go in to take over from where the west has left off with large numbers of soldats, there is no benefit for them at all and would leave them open to internal problems if they lose too many people and problems with the west if they kill to many. Outside of “white eyed” nations, many see this as a west problem, you broke… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago
Reply to  Ulya

Morning Ulya.

I know, I was not serious, only that China at least has the numbers.

I agree totally with your concerns. Russia too has its problems with these religious fanatics.

However, for all his faults as seen from the western perspective you have a leader who won’t stand for any nonsense with them. I have not followed this area of late, but are they still causing problems in Chechnya? What about your home, Kazakhstan?

Ulya
Ulya
1 month ago

Hello Daniele, I am from Astrakhan but my mother is originally from Kazakhstan. Chechnya is generally stable, Ramzan understand his country gets 80% of budget from Russia and to let the extremists get out of hand is bad for us all, so he keeps firm hand, even if he too extreme in his faith to my mind, we have some problem in Dagestan, FSB and spetsnaz keep that under control most times. I have a large dislike of these extremists and they can only be treated one way, I have had many bad experience with them over the years because… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago
Reply to  Ulya

Ah. Ok. I know your from Astrakhan as we’d talked of that before when we were talking of the proximity of Volgograd and the Mamayev Kurgan.
I thought there was Kazak origin there somewhere.

dave12
dave12
1 month ago
Reply to  Ulya

Well to be honest Ulya Afghanistan was in a good state before Russia invaded and pretty much started all this mess. Some people have short memories it seems.

Ulya
Ulya
1 month ago
Reply to  dave12

I’m well aware Russia was there Dave, it is reasonably important part of our modern history but your country has been there 20 years, be responsible for your own mistakes

dave12
dave12
1 month ago
Reply to  Ulya

As I said Ulya all this mess started when Russia invaded but I’m well aware of my nations role in keeping Afghanistan relatively stable for 20 years when we had boots on the ground.

Ulya
Ulya
1 month ago
Reply to  dave12

If you are looking for me to justify what the USSR did then I am going to disappoint you Dave, to me it was stupid for us to get involved just as I think it was stupid for you to get involved, Afghanistan has its reputation for a reason. If you wish to make formal complaint talk to the communist party or the Americans for their efforts there during that time. I was 7 when your country invaded and my only interest and concern now in regards to Afghanistan is the cancer moving north

dave12
dave12
1 month ago
Reply to  Ulya

Fair enough.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago
Reply to  Ulya

Oh, and I’ve had a flood of email alerts this morning of deleted comments now approved. Yours amongst them.

dave12
dave12
1 month ago

Fair points cheers.

Sjb1968
Sjb1968
1 month ago

Daniele I always agree with your comments on here because they are so thoughtful and balanced but to learn the most important lesson about this shambles we must accept NATO has been humiliated, routed, defeated and totally out manoeuvred by men with RPGs. We lost the will to continue the fight and no amount of high tech equipment can make up for that.Saying we left will allow our discredited politicians, so called intelligence experts and current and ex military leaders to dodge their responsibilities for all the deaths, money spent and mess they created by staying beyond the initial aim… Read more »

Douglas Newell
Douglas Newell
1 month ago
Reply to  Sjb1968

spot on!

The Taliban won.

We lost.

To say anything else lets people like Biden and Boris hide their abject failure from their electorate. The west has been badly served by poor leaders for a while now.

Airborne
Airborne
30 days ago
Reply to  Sjb1968

Mate pretty much spot on, although the idea of controlling Helmand wasnt even in the equation in 2006. Herrick 4 was planned to be a six month stint simply establishing ourselves on the ground, controlling the area in a triangle (ish) between Bastion, FOB Price and Gereshk. This went to plan for about 4 weeks then shit rolled downhill when local Governers upriver were put under pressure by the talibs and head sheds decided we needed to support the local Governers (after they moaned to Kabul and Kabul put pressure on UKPLC) and then penny packet Platoon/Coy groups deployed further… Read more »

Douglas Newell
Douglas Newell
1 month ago

Those who hold the field of conflict after the battle are the Victors. The Taliban are now back in control.

They won.

We – the West, Lost.

And just like Vietnam it was the politicians. The military won all the individual battles for the politicos to lose the war.

Sjb1968
Sjb1968
1 month ago
Reply to  Douglas Newell

I agree to a point but it was poor military advice that got us drawn into this mess.
The U.K. military leadership was out of its depth in Helmand and despite the bravery of the individuals involved the scale of the task was way beyond our force levels.

dave12
dave12
1 month ago

Totally agree with that DM ,but would it of been a different result in dealing with the taliban if Iraq didnt take priority or never happened ? I seem to remember them taking a foot hold again when that happened.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago
Reply to  dave12

Who knows. Least of all me. If they don’t come out and fight how to start to defeat an enemy hiding in the mountains and amongst the civil population? A military expert that does not have his hands tied by politicians and the resources to match the task will know. Was the same with the Viet Ming. Not impossible to defeat them, but with the geography, corruption, afghan tribal mindset, cultural differences, competing warlords, wide open border with Pakistan where the tribal areas are and where supplies and Jihadists entered, general political and ANA incompetence, the USAF bombing wedding processions,… Read more »

Nick C
Nick C
1 month ago

How many times have you heard the phrase “Those who do not learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them”. We first tried to pacify Afghanistan in the 1840’s , someone who is a better historian than I will tell us how many Afghan wars we have fought. The only General who came out with colours flying was Roberts in I think 1880. Basically he went into the country mob handed, beat the hell out of any resistance, cut the heads off all the tribal elders and then declared victory and GOT OUT. The reason the Taliban have… Read more »

Meirion x
Meirion x
1 month ago
Reply to  Nick C

” …but the alternative is a never ending occupation by the West, for probably several generations…”

That what the Roman Empire did, it lasted much longer than the BE!

Pete
Pete
1 month ago
Reply to  geoff

Can I suggest that this may, for many that controlled the will or motivation of others to resist, possibly about the end of the mega cash gravy train. Wouldn’t be surprised if a sizable number of political and military elites end up (are not already) out of country with their families and US$ cash mountains. With diminished opportunity for the gravy train to continue they cut their losses and exit.

simon alexander
simon alexander
1 month ago
Reply to  geoff

afghans wisely perhaps do quick risk assessment, which regime has staying power, the western backed govt and army failed the test. a quiet life hopefully even under nasty regime maybe preferable to fighting and social unrest.

Watcherzero
Watcherzero
1 month ago
Reply to  geoff

They are still highly tribal, they dont have the same concept of nationalism that we do, they principally defer to tribal leaders and extended family. They view the Afghan government like we viewed the EU (something weak and over there) rather than something that was part of their daily lives. So when the army was called upon to defend an entity that they didn’t believe in they just ran away.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago

I recall a Chinook carrying many more than supposed maximum, was it BN during Corporate?

So no surprise with C17.

Our Apache also carried more, hanging off the wing stubbs!

Karl
Karl
1 month ago

That is just one awesome aircraft.

Andy P
Andy P
1 month ago

There must have been a ‘no fatties’ policy then !

David Woodford
David Woodford
1 month ago

The paratrooper capacity is lower than that of carrying, say, leg infantry, because it counts in all the extra gear such as parachutes that is involved in doing airborne operations.

JohnG
JohnG
1 month ago

Fascinating. Thanks for the info

Jonathan
Jonathan
1 month ago

It’s such a tragedy when a nation falls to an ideology of suppression and fear. I do feel very sorry for the women and more enlightened men of Afghan. Unfortunately you cannot Impose western liberal values by force as the population itself will rebel and fight tooth an nail ( better your own evil than someone else’s imposed version of good). Still my problem with Afghanistan is that we had spend the treasure and payed in blood, just leaving seems disrespectful to all those who suffered from every nation. It was always going to take a generation to change the… Read more »

Steve
Steve
1 month ago

What depresses me is there are a lot of people that came public due to the relative freedom offered by the western supported gov, especially females and realistically their deaths are going on be on the west’s hands. A pull out was always going to be needed sooner or later but the way it was done was just stupid. I assume the govs of UK/us were given assurances by the Taliban that they could get out and enough time would pass, before the gov would be toppled, so that they couldn’t be blamed, but instead it seems the reverse and… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Steve
Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve

There is also the view point that this has happened faster and more easily than the Taliban would ever have dreamed was possible?

The problem is that if the Taliban don’t move into an areas, once it has been vacated: you end up with a power vaccuum…….and then the problem of reasserting control…….

David
David
1 month ago

The word ‘confirmed’ is doing a lot of heavy lifting here

Watcherzero
Watcherzero
30 days ago
Reply to  David

Yes, it was only 640 and that was at capacity. Theres a bit of a difference between people scheduled to be on a flight and those that actually board it.

Lusty
Lusty
1 month ago

I’m not sure how long it will last, but check out this (short videos depicting the chaos on the tarmac):

https://twitter.com/TOLOnews/status/1427204278695997442

And this:

https://twitter.com/drfolladwand/status/1427201972667654144

The same news channel has reported people falling from planes and shooting of people trying to board evacuation flights. Out of respect, I won’t share those videos.

Last edited 1 month ago by Lusty
Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago
Reply to  Lusty

Seen them already mate.  🙄 

philip mitchell
philip mitchell
1 month ago

God bless the crew of the C-17. God bless the men and woman who made the evacuation possible.

Drew
Drew
1 month ago

There’s always room for one more….

Floris
Floris
1 month ago

Max takeoff weight, for millitary aircraft, is normally limited by factors such as density altitude, of course tempreature, available runway length, wind direction relative to the takeoff runway, the surface and slope of the runway and importantly the takeoff risk associated with the task. Typical low risk would call for an after takeoff climb rate exceeding 150 feet per min given an engine failure of one engine at or after V1, thus continueing the takeoff after V1 on three engines for the C17. All these performance paramiters include alteady a redundancy factor of around 20%. With four good engines the… Read more »

Jim C
Jim C
1 month ago

My question, regardless of the number they can carry in a C-17, is where are they going to put all these people in the long run? Are they going to be put into refugee camps and then given Visas to the U.S.?

GB
GB
1 month ago

Were you also aware that modern day French Airbuses, e.g. A380-800 were designed specifically to be able to carry 800 passengers, assuming everyone only had an economy seat? I learned this from the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France, where they told us that is what the “800” stands for in their above number series. Without seats, one wonders how many more could be carried.
Perhaps all those planes presently resting in deserts should be used to evacuate a few more people.

Gianfranco Coda
Gianfranco Coda
1 month ago

job, halfway done,
when the going gets tough, some just give up…!!!🤔

M. R.
M. R.
1 month ago

Will the US ever win a war.
I think we should have a good hard look at ourselves before we contemplate taking on China or Russia, otherwise the losses may be incurred inside the UK’s borders.

col
col
1 month ago
Reply to  M. R.

MPs don’t care. They just want to talk about feelings and push for more powers against speech. They will always fail to learn from previous conflicts like our intervention in 1739, I now know why Afganistan is called “the graveyard of the empires”. We have no hope in hell against Russia or China with our current pathetic parties.

AlexS
AlexS
1 month ago

“Word of the flight spread across late Sunday in the United States when audio from the crew estimating they were carrying 800 passengers was posted online. A defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the true number was about 640 people.”

https://www.defenseone.com/policy/2021/08/inside-reach-871-us-c-17-packed-640-people-trying-escape-taliban/184563/

AlexS
AlexS
29 days ago
Reply to  AlexS

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