La Vinotinto hitches a ride

Caracas Chronicles

0acd55ba-3307-4cfa-a2e8-28a0e5f6bd41The national football team (a.k.a. La Vinotinto) returned to the country yesterday after its first-round elimination of the 2015 Copa America held in Chile. But the way back home for most of the Vinotinto players (some left Chile on their own) and crew was more complicated than expected.

Sports newspaper Meridiano reports that the original plan was for the team to come back on a commercial flight Monday, but that plan was scrapped. Finally, the Venezuelan State provided them with an aircraft to make a charter flight back to Maiquetia International Airport, where Sports Minister Pedro Infante (whose motorcade was attacked last weekend by criminals at the Cota 905) welcomed them.

The Venezuelan Air Force didn’t sent any ordinary plane, but what seems to be our presidential plane: the Airbus A319CJ bought by the late Hugo Chavez back in 2002, replacing the old Boeing 737 (known as…

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