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Desperate Afghans fall to their deaths after clinging to plane wheels in bid to escape Taliban

Desperate Afghans climb a jet bridge in a bid to board a plane ( Image: Twitter)

Crowds of Afghans desperate to flee the Taliban were filmed chased jets down the runway with some even clinging to the wheels of a US military plane.

Distressing video also showed desperate stowaways plunging to their deaths from a plane as it left the capital Kabul.

The horrifying scene unfolded as huge crowds gathered on the tarmac at the airport in a desperate bid to board planes and escape an Afghanistan ruled by the Taliban.

Reports say several men clung to the wheels of a US C-17 amid the Taliban surge across the country to take control following the exodus of US and British troops.

A video appears to show two people falling from the aircraft soon after takeoff.

Crowds chase planes down the runway

Footage shown in Afghanistan then shows one body lying on the ground purporting to be one of those who fell to their deaths.

A Kabul news agency reported: "Locals near Kabul airport claim that three young men who were holding themselves tightly in the wheels of an aeroplane fell on top of people's houses.

“One of the locals confirmed this and said that the fall of these people made a loud and terrifying noise.”

A later report said “the video shows a flight from Kabul airport where two people are thrown from a plane into the the people's homes."

It came amid harrowing scenes at the airport in Kabul, where hundreds of Afghans had gathered on the tarmac in a desperate bid to board flights out of the country and escape Taliban rule.

One video showed a crowd running alongside a taxiing US military plane with several people clinging to its wheels.

At least five people were killed during the chaos on Monday, witnesses told Reuters, thought officials have not confirmed how they were killed.

The Wall Street Journal reported that at least three people were shot dead.

Three bodies could be seen on the ground near what appeared to be an airport side entrance, in video posted on social media.

An American official said earlier that troops had fired in the air to deter people trying to force their way onto a military flight that was set to take US diplomats and embassy staff out of the fallen city. Afghans trying to flee the country have gathered at the airport in Kabul ( Image: Twitter)

US soldiers had seized control of the airport and air traffic control as American and allied staff were evacuated from the capital, which had been seized by the Taliban.

President Ashraf Ghani fled from the country on Sunday as the Islamists entered Kabul virtually unopposed, saying he wanted to avoid bloodshed.

British troops are racing against the clock to get remaining UK nationals and their local allies out of Afghanistan following the dramatic fall of the country’s Western-backed government.

The first flight of British nationals and embassy staff arrived at RAF Brize Norton on Sunday night( Image: PA)

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