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Wednesday July 16, 2014

Argentina Names Presidential Jet After Bishop Killed by Military

Argentina Names Presidential Jet After Bishop Killed by Military

Photo: Monsignor Enrique Angelelli jet

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The Argentine President’s Office added a new jet to its official fleet and bestowed the name of Monsignor Enrique Angelelli upon it, paying tribute to the bishop assassinated during the country’s most recent military dictatorship, authorities said Tuesday.

The aircraft is a Boeing 737-500, Model 1993, designated with the registration number T-04, according to a communique issued by the General Secretariat of the Presidency.

The plane was acquired by the state-run Aerolineas Argentinas, which carried out the tasks of reconfiguring the jet’s interior and making it flightworthy.

In addition, the company will be in charge of maintaining the jet and performing regular inspections upon it.

The plane will be used as a backup for the presidential jet Tango 01, the Argentine equivalent of Air Force One.

Angelelli died on Aug. 4, 1976, when the vehicle he was driving overturned on a highway in La Rioja.

Angelelli’s crash was found to be a deliberate killing, and last July 4, former Gen. Luciano Benjamin Menendez and former-Commodore Luis Fernando Estrella were sentenced to life in prison for the bishop’s death. The officers had tried to make the murder seem like an accident.

At the time of his death, the 53-year-old Angelelli had with him a report containing detailed information about the inquiries he had made into the murders of two priests and a lay worker by the Argentine military.

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