Venezuela Appeals for 747 Return

Iranian Mahan Air 747
Photo Credit: Danial Haghgoo - Iranian Spotters (GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2 ), via Wikimedia Commons

This week, it has been revealed that Venezuela has appealed for a return of a seized Boeing 747 for the carrier Emtrasur.

This article will cover the details of the cargo Boeing 747 that was seized in Argentina and now that Venezuela is appealing for its return.

Venezuelan 747 Return

Photo Credit: Shahram Sharifi (GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2, via Wikimedia Commons

Back on June 6, 2022, an Emtrasur Cargo Boeing 747-300M Combi aircraft flew into Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE), also known as Ezeiza in Argentina, from Queretaro (QRO) in Mexico.

After landing in Buenos Aires the aircraft was detained by South American authorities. The aircraft in question is registered as YV3531 and used to be owned by the Iranian carrier, Mahan Air, registered back then as EP-MND.

At the time of the seizure of the aircraft, Mahan Air’s spokesman, Amirhossein Zolanvari said, “The Boeing 747 plane recently seized by Argentina was originally owned by Iranian Mahan Air, but was sold to a Venezuelan airline a year ago. The confiscation of the aircraft is a political move.”

It has since come to light that the seizure of the Venezuelan aircraft was due to two reports from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), one stating that the sale of the aircraft from Mahan Air to Emtrasur Cargo was ‘unauthorized’ and the second report stating that the part Iranian crew had suspected links to terrorism.

Argentinean judges have agreed that the aircraft will be flown to the U.S. where it will remain under the FBI’s custody. However, Venezuela have said that they will appeal to international courts for the immediate return of the aircraft.

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