Young Afghan footballer dies while trying to board US military plane to escape Kabul

As per reports, the youngster was caught in the landing gear of the aircraft and his remains were found in the wheel well by the crew when the plane landed. 

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 19 August 2021 9:40 pm

The sequence of events in Afghanistan over the last few days has sent shockwaves to the entire world. People are concerned about their friends and families in the country but can't do anything to change the current state. Even the national cricket star - Rashid Khan - who was playing 'The Hundred' in England, looked helpless sitting miles away from his home as he prayed for the well-being of all his fellow countrymen.

Amidst all this, there have been videos doing the rounds on social media which are absolutely scary to watch. With the people getting so desperate to leave Kabul, some of them held on to the landing gear bay of the plane. Unfortunately, few of them fell off the C-17 US military plane as it took off, and died. Among all the people who passed away in this tragic sequence of events, there was a former Afghan footballer as well.

Remains of the deceased found in aircraft's wheel well

Zaki Anwari, aged 19, notably died after attempting to flee from Kabul by holding onto to the outside of US military plane. As per reports, he was caught in the landing gear of the aircraft and his remains were found in the wheel well by the crew when the plane landed.

Journalist Babak Taghvaee confirmed the news and reported, "Very sad to hear that one of the youths who tried to leave #Kabul through grabbing the landing gear bay of a #USAF's C-17A transport airplane few days ago was a player of #Afghanistan's national youth soccer team, Zaki Anwari.

More about Zaki Anwari

Zaki Anwari had represented Afghanistan few years back when he played for the national youth soccer team at the age of 16. However, there is no clear information available if he had been playing the sport since then or not. As per the details on social media, he lived in Kabul and had been a student of Esteghlal High School (Franco-Afghan school in Kabul).

Since the shocking news of the incident, many people (including his friends) have been putting out messages and posts on social media mourning the death of the youngster.