Afghan footballer dies in fall from plane at Kabul [photo courtesy]

An Afghan national team footballer died in a fall from a U.S. plane at Kabul airport on Monday, the Afghan news agency Ariana said on Thursday.

Crowds of people seeking to flee Aghanistan have thronged the airport since Taliban insurgents swept to power on Sunday, many seen trying to board a moving plane.

People latching onto a moving US Air Force plane at Kabul airport as they desperately try to flee Afghanistan [photo courtesy]

Ariana said Zaki Anwari fell from a USAF Boeing C-17 and that the death had been confirmed by the General Directorate for Sport.

His remains were found in the wheel when it landed in Qatar.
According to video clips posted by a local news agency, three Afghan nationals fell to death while attempting the same.
Notably, Anwari represented the Afghanistan national youth football team.

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