Argentina: "plane of death" stops flying
Skyvan aircraft used by the national dictatorship will be exhibited in a museum
The so-called Argentine "death plane", the Short SC.7 Skyvan aircraft (registration number P51), has officially stopped flying. The ceremony that sanctioned the definitive grounding was held in the past few hours at the Aeroparque airport in Buenos Aires, the same from which it took off to make the bodies of hundreds of detainees and illegal immigrants arrested by the Argentine military dictatorship disappear.
"It is a contradictory feeling to see the plane. We have been trying for years to bring it back and now that it is here it is difficult for me to look at it, I cannot forget that they threw my mother's body from there", commented Cecilia de Vicenti, daughter of the founder of the "Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo", Azucena Villaflor, kidnapped on December 8 in the Church of Santa Cruz, whose body was thrown into the sea from the Skyvan on December 14, 1977.
The aircraft had been discovered by the Italian photographer Giancarlo Ceraudo. A fact that sheds light on the death flights organized by the Argentine prefecture. The national government yesterday announced its re-appropriation to be able to exhibit it in the memory space of the ex-Espacio Memoria y Derechos Humanos "Esma", the largest clandestine detention center from which the victims of the flights came.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency