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An airplane used by the Argentinian military to drop left-wing militants alive to the La Plata river and Atlantic ocean during the military dictatorship which was known as the "Death flights" is now used as an advertising object for a construction materials store in the outskirts of Buenos Aires. The death flights happened during Operation Condor, a joint secret military plan aimed at eliminating political opponents using common resources, exchanging information, prisoners and torture techniques. This plan, which was carried out during the 1970's, resulted in the “extrajudicial executions” of at least 60,000 people.

During Argentina’s military dictatorship, security forces executed left-wing militants by taking them out in this plane for what became known as the “Death Flights”—flights in which the militants would be thrown alive from the plane into the La Plata River and the Atlantic Ocean. Today, the plane is used as an advertising prop for a building supply store on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

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