The German military has come under criticism for only rescuing seven people from Kabul on its first evacuation flight from Afghanistan.
The seven passengers included five German nationals, one European national and one Afghan, according to a German Army spokesperson.
After hours of circling in the air due to a chaotic situation on the ground, the A400M could just land briefly, take some guests, and fly in direction of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the spokesperson explained.
The spokesperson also said that there were not any more people around to evacuate when they landed, given that they had arrived at night and that the US was already in control of Hamid Karzai International Airport.
The US fenced off the military side of the airport yesterday after thousands of Afghans gathered on the runway in a bid to leave the country, while the Taliban controls who can actually gain entry to the airport itself. The commercial side of the airport is currently not operational.
The plane unloaded the German troops traveling to assist with the evacuation effort in the coming days, and quickly departed, the spokesperson added.
The German Army is waiting in Tashkent for the next slot to send the next waiting plane to Kabul.