What is known about the plane with Venezuelan and Iranian crew members held in Buenos Aires

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The aircraft has been in Argentina since June 6.

A Venezuelan-flagged plane that carried Venezuelan and Iranian crew members and that has remained motionless since last week at the Ezeiza international airport in Argentina is at the center of a mysterious controversy that has garnered international interest.

It is a Boeing 747 of the Venezuelan airline Emtrasur, which was detained by the Argentine authorities on June 8 after being stranded due to lack of fuel.

The plane had arrived in Buenos Aires on the 6th and was scheduled to go to Montevideo two days later, but Uruguay denied it access to its airspace, so it had to return to the Argentine airport, where it was detained.

The 14 Venezuelan crew members and five Iranians who were traveling on board were accommodated in a hotel in the Argentine capital, and the Iranians had their passports withheld, while the justice system investigates a series of alleged irregularities that have raised suspicion.

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