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World A Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 was able to land in and take off from Kabul on Monday despite chaos at the airport

05:00  20 september  2021
05:00  20 september  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

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Turkish Airlines flew what is likely its last flight to Kabul on Monday amid an exodus of civilians following the Taliban's rapid advance through the capital. Despite the mounting tensions in Afghanistan, Flight 706 departed from Istanbul Airport in After entering Afghanistan airspace from neighboring Turkmenistan, the aircraft, a Boeing 777 , was in a holding pattern for just short of an hour before continuing on to Kabul for a 7:44 a.m. landing . But instead of using the commercial terminal in Kabul , the aircraft parked at a section of the airport primarily used by the military, Flightradar24 indicated.

A Turkish Airlines flight flew from Istanbul, Turkey to Kabul , Afghanistan on Monday while the Taliban swarmed the capital. The flight was able to land in Kabul and depart back for Turkey, evacuating more than 324 passengers. After entering Afghanistan airspace from neighboring Turkmenistan, the aircraft entered a holding pattern for just short of an hour before continuing on to Kabul for a 7:44 a.m. landing . The entire flight took just under five hours but instead of using the commercial terminal in Kabul , Flightradar 24 shows the aircraft parking at a section of the airport primarily used by the military.

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While military and civilian aircraft were scrambling to get out of Kabul, Afghanistan, one Turkish Airlines plane was trying to get in.

Turkish Airlines flew what is likely its last flight to Kabul on Monday amid an exodus of civilians following the Taliban's rapid advance through the capital. Despite the mounting tensions in Afghanistan, Flight 706 departed from Istanbul Airport in Turkey early on Monday for Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport, according to Flightradar24.

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The airline had been operating the flight consistently through the summer and the weekend. Kabul is one of its more than 300 destinations, many of which are in the Middle East and South Asia.

After entering Afghanistan airspace from neighboring Turkmenistan, the aircraft, a Boeing 777, was in a holding pattern for just short of an hour before continuing on to Kabul for a 7:44 a.m. landing. But instead of using the commercial terminal in Kabul, the aircraft parked at a section of the airport primarily used by the military, Flightradar24 indicated.

map: Turkish Airlines Flight 706 from Istanbul, Turkey, to Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday. Flightradar24 © Thomas Pallini/Insider via Flightradar 24 Turkish Airlines Flight 706 from Istanbul, Turkey, to Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday. Flightradar24

The return flight to Istanbul, initially scheduled for 8:15 a.m., didn't depart until after 1 p.m. Flightradar24 showed the aircraft taxiing, returning to its parking spot, and ultimately heading back to the runway. It departed for Istanbul with 324 passengers, according to Turkish media.

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The airline and airports it serves have been warning travelers to check their email for flight changes and to check flight status before they go to the airport . Travelers whose flights are canceled are due a refund, per Department of Transportation rules, but passengers on a budget may find their only option is to wait for another Spirit flight because last-minute tickets are pricey and hard to get during the busy summer travel season. A Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 was able to land in and take off from Kabul on Monday despite chaos at the airport .

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The five-hour flight progressed with no issue as it crossed over Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, and Georgia before entering Turkish airspace. It used Istanbul's commercial terminal.

map: Turkish Airlines Flight 707 from Kabul to Istanbul. Flightradar24 © Thomas Pallini/Insider via Flightradar 24 Turkish Airlines Flight 707 from Kabul to Istanbul. Flightradar24

Photos and videos on Monday showed Afghans swarming the airport and climbing aboard planes in a desperate attempt to flee the country. US military aircraft were evacuating Americans and Afghan special visa applicants trying to come to the US.

Turkish Airlines' other destination in Afghanistan is Mazar-i-Sharif, which fell to the Taliban on Saturday night, The New York Times reported. The last recorded Turkish Airlines flight between Istanbul and Mazar-i-Sharif took place on June 30, according to FlightAware.

Flightradar24 showed that the airline's scheduled flights to Kabul on Tuesday and Wednesday had been canceled.

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