Afghanistan national team football player Zaki Anwari died while attempting to flee Kabul by holding onto a US jet departing from Hamid Karzai International Airport, said General Directorate of Physical Education and Sports of Afghanistan
The Afghan General Directorate of Physical Education and Sports confirmed the news in a Facebook post, saying, "It is sad news that Zaki Anwari, one of the country's national junior football team players, died in a tragic accident." Anwari was one of the hundreds of young people who wished to flee the nation, but he died in an aircraft crash while flying in a US plane.
Hundreds of Afghans had thronged to Kabul airport on Monday, a day after the Taliban gained control of the capital, hoping to leave the country.
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Anwari was identified as part of the US Air Force's investigation into the circumstances surrounding the discovery of human remains in the wheel of the C-17.
Earlier, a video went viral on social media in which people can be seen running beside the US Air Force's C-17 aircraft. Anwari was most likely among those who climbed onto the plane's undercarriage before it took off. In a second video, passengers appear to be falling off the same plane shortly after it took off from Kabul International Airport.