“We let it land because we didn’t there was nothing to say otherwise”, said this Thursday the Minister of Security of the Nation, Hannibal Fernandez about the suspicious plane held at the Ezeiza Airport with Iranian and Venezuelan crew members.
“There was none of the 19 crew members who had any type of restrictions, neither red alerts from Interpol nor any of the reasons that could be put forward to prevent them from entering the country,” said the minister in Beauty and Beast (TN).
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“There is only one situation: Could they enter Argentina? Yes. Did they bring something to Argentina? Yes. Could they have left? Yes. None of the companies wanted to refuel him, because they fear US sanctions,” he added.
The minister considered that remembering the attacks on the AMIA and the Embassy of Israel when talking about the entry of the plane to Argentina it is about “unnecessary low blows.” He also assured that the national government was in constant contact with intelligence agencies from other countries: “Everything was reviewed and the case was taken care of,” he said.
The plane arrived in Argentina from Mexico, according to official records found in Justice. Meanwhile, on Wednesday he took off from the international airport and, after flying over the Río de la Plata for 20 minutes, landed again in the same terminal because Uruguay did not enable his landing.
According to the recent “flight records” of the aircraft, it was in the last 15 days in paraguay, Belarus, Tehran and Moscow. While currently I would forbidden the use of airspace Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile.
This Thursday, the federal judge Federico Villena ordered to carry out this Thursday a visual inspection of the aircraft. In addition, they will check the box to look up flight information. The objective is to verify if the transponder was switched off at any time during the trip.
According to Aníbal Fernández, if the judge gave the passports to the crew they could leave Argentina without inconvenience, but the aircraft should remain in the country.