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Two English Learners Die In Airline Crash

dateline: 09 July 2013

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • investigator: a person who is researching to find out information
  • crew: a team that works together
  • spinal: related to the bones along a human or animal’s back
  • abdominal: related to the parts of the body just below the waist
  • trauma: a major injury

Two English Learners Die In Airline Crash

Two sixteen-year-old Chinese students died this weekend when a Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport. Over 30 of the 307 people on board the Asiana Airlines flight were on their way to California to attend a summer camp for English learners. Investigators will be several possible reasons for the crash, including crew error. There was an experienced pilot , though records suggest he had never landed this particular type of jet at this airport. Investigators believe that the plane was flying too slowly as it came in for landing. More than half of the were sent to the hospital. Some had serious spinal or abdominal injuries, and others suffered head trauma. One of the who was killed may have been run over by an emergency vehicle.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who died as a result of this crash?
  2. Where was the plane at the time of take off?
  3. What do we know about the pilot?

Discussion Question:
When asked about the cause of the crash, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board said: “Everything is on the table right now. Nothing has been ruled out.” What do you think he meant?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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