First Afghanistan rescue flight touches down in Australia

The first Afghanistan rescue flight back to Australia has arrived in Perth with 90 Australian citizens and Afghan visa holders onboard.

The Australian Air Force plane took off from Dubai overnight and touched down in Western Australia this morning.

It comes after the WA Government agreed to take in passengers above their weekly arrivals cap.


All passengers on board the evacuation flight are now being sent into hotel quarantine for two weeks.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed they will be provided with medical and mental health support by both the State and Federal Governemnts.

“This has been a difficult and distressing ordeal for many of the evacuees and we will help them through completing the mandatory 14-day quarantine,” Mr Morrison said.

More rescue missions are expected to be carried out in the coming days, however, the Prime Minister said weather and security issues were hampering their efforts.

“We are moving as quickly as we can,” he said.

It comes after another 76 Australian citizens and visa holders were on Thursday evacuated out of the Afghan capital to Australia’s base in the United Arab Emirates.