Top-secret British military documents found left in ‘soggy heap’ at a bus stop, report says

The British Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender arrives in the Black Sea port of Batumi on June 26, 2021.
HMS Defender.

  • Classified military plans were found behind a bus stop in Kent, England last week, the BBC reported.
  • A member of the public who found the papers sent them in after realizing their sensitive nature.
  • The documents are said to include plans for a possible UK military presence in Afghanistan.
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An anonymous member of the public found top-secret military documents behind a bus stop in the British county of Kent last week, according to the BBC.

The documents, which included almost 50 pages of emails and PowerPoint presentations, were found in a “soggy heap,” the BBC reported.

One set of the documents is said to include plans for a possible UK military presence in Afghanistan.

Read more: The ridiculous amount of money we spend on the US military is actually making our country less safe

Other papers in the trove examine the possible Russian reaction to the British Royal Navy ship HMS Defender, which sparked a diplomatic row after sailing through Ukrainian waters off the Crimea coast on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Defence told the BBC that a senior employee had reported the documents missing last week.

“The department takes the security of information extremely seriously and an investigation has been launched,” a spokesperson for the department added, according to Sky News.

On Wednesday, HMS Defender sailed close to the Crimean coast in the Black Sea. In response, Russia sent more than 20 aircraft and two coastguard ships to shadow the warship.

British government officials say the move was in accordance with international law, but Russia claims it violated its borders. The UK recognizes the occupation of Crimea as illegal.

The British Ministry of Defence was involved in another security gaffe earlier this month when an email containing the promotions of noncommissioned officers, including members of the special forces’ SAS’s E Squadron, was accidentally distributed across the government.

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An airline in Afghanistan says it just flew the country’s first flight with an all-female crew – here’s what it was like onboard

Kam Air First All-Female Flight
Afghanistan’s first all-female flight on Kam Air.

  • Afghanistan’s Kam Air says it performed the first all-female crewed flight in the country’s history.
  • The Boeing 737-500 flew from Kabul to Herat with two female pilots and four female cabin crew.
  • YouTuber Josh Cahill was onboard to capture the flight as part of an International Women’s Day documentary. 
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A routine 90-minute flight in Afghanistan just made history.

The country’s only private airline, Kam Air, is celebrating its first flight with an all-female crew, which it says is the first in the South Asian country’s history. 

Kam Air’s first female Afghan pilot, 22-year-old Mohadese Mirzaee, joined Captain Veronica Borysova in piloting the Boeing 737 from the capital city of Kabul to Herat in western Afghanistan on Wednesday. And while they were at work in the cockpit, four female cabin crew serviced passengers for the routine 350-nautical mile flight while it journeyed across the country. 

Josh Cahill, a leading airline reviewer and travel YouTuber, was invited onboard the flight to document the endeavor during a recent trip to the Middle East and South Asia. Aside from the flight’s historic nature, Cahill said the flight was as smooth running as any that he’s in his extensive global journeys, telling Insider that the flight crew consisted of “highly trained pilots.”

Kam Air First All-Female Flight
Kam Air pilots preparing for the flight from Kabul to Herat.

“The crew has been very professional, just as you would expect from any other airline around the world,” Cahill told Insider. “I have joined a few crews at the flight deck around the globe and I couldn’t notice any difference.”

The historic flight was kept largely under wraps, besides inviting Cahill, as is the norm in the country. Airlines typically do not miss the opportunity to spread the word about their accomplishments but Afghanistan’s heightened security discourages high-profile events.

“For security and safety purposes, gatherings or celebrations aren’t very common in Afghanistan,” Cahill said. 

South Asian and Middle Eastern countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran are a constant source of fascination for aviation enthusiasts like Cahill as their airlines boast some of the most unique and oldest aircraft still flying. 

The 23-year-old Boeing 737-500 performing the flight was originally delivered to Continental Airlines in 1998, according to Planespotters.net, and delivered to Kam Air in April. It isn’t the oldest aircraft in Afghanistan but the type has long been retired by US airlines. 

Cahill is no stranger to the country and has witnessed Kam Air’s development first-hand over the years.

“I have been frequently visiting Afghanistan for the past 6 years and it is nice to see how Kam Air is developing given the difficult circumstances,” Cahill said. The airline had recently lost nine staff members in a 2018 Taliban attack at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul.

Kam Air is currently banned from European Union airspace but plans to start flights to Frankfurt, Germany soon, citing its certification under the International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit as a step towards being taken off of the Union’s blacklist. 

Kam Air First All-Female Flight
YouTuber Josh Cahill with Kam Air’s first all-female flight crew.

Cahill frequently travels the globe as part of his job to review the latest airline products but doesn’t encounter female pilots all that often, let alone all-female flight crews, something he hopes will change as the industry progresses. 

“Unfortunately, it is still rather rare to see female pilots around the world, especially in male-dominated societies such as the Middle East, but I really hope that my documentary on Kam Air will change this and inspire more women to join our industry,” Cahill said, having flown on the world’s best and worst airlines during his travels in the furthest reaches of the world from America to Afghanistan. 

Cahill’s documentary on the flight will air on International Women’s Day on March 8.

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