Saudi Pilot Snapchats the Takeover of Khartoum International Airport

Video released to Snapchat by a Saudi A330 pilot captures members of the Rapid Support Force taking control of the Khartoum International Airport. The pilot and his crew is safe, and they have since published other snaps from the Saudi Arabian Embassy.


This video is significant because the A330 Airbus has an estimated cost of $238.5 million, and it was left burning on the Khartoum International Airport runway yesterday. At the time, it was unclear if the crew had survived, however the pilot has since sent snaps along with his crew from the Saudi Arabian embassy in Khartoum.


Pro-tip for the combat footage connoisseurs out there who like to try and find stuff before us, the Middle East is one of the most popular parts of the world for Snapchat. You can access the Snapchat maps and get video in near real-time from these regions when conflicts like this crop up. Unfortunately, it will always be witness footage and there will almost never be context to go along with it, but this is how we were able to cover the coup in Turkey and the Fall of Kabul in real time.


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Josh Brooks

Josh is an American writer and former USMC machine gunner with eight years of experience in ground combat arms throughout the GWOT. He is currently based in Texas and specializes in combat footage analysis and digital marketing.Follow Josh at OfficialJoshBrooks.com

Published 10 months ago

Video released to Snapchat by a Saudi A330 pilot captures members of the Rapid Support Force taking control of the Khartoum International Airport. The pilot and his crew is safe, and they have since published other snaps from the Saudi Arabian Embassy.


This video is significant because the A330 Airbus has an estimated cost of $238.5 million, and it was left burning on the Khartoum International Airport runway yesterday. At the time, it was unclear if the crew had survived, however the pilot has since sent snaps along with his crew from the Saudi Arabian embassy in Khartoum.


Pro-tip for the combat footage connoisseurs out there who like to try and find stuff before us, the Middle East is one of the most popular parts of the world for Snapchat. You can access the Snapchat maps and get video in near real-time from these regions when conflicts like this crop up. Unfortunately, it will always be witness footage and there will almost never be context to go along with it, but this is how we were able to cover the coup in Turkey and the Fall of Kabul in real time.


About the Author

Author's Photo

Josh Brooks

Josh is an American writer and former USMC machine gunner with eight years of experience in ground combat arms throughout the GWOT. He is currently based in Texas and specializes in combat footage analysis and digital marketing.Follow Josh at OfficialJoshBrooks.com

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