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2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
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dateline: 02 August 2011
Passengers Survive Crash Landing In Guyana
- overshoot: to go too far past a target
- fractured: broken
- skid: slide on slippery ground
- runway: the strip of land that planes take off and land on at an airport
- Why might some people call this a miracle?
- When do airline passengers cheer?
- Where did the flight originate from?
Discussion Question: The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago stated that this crash could cause tourism to decline in the Caribbean. Would this type of accident prevent you from using this airline temporarily?
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Passengers Survive Crash Landing in Guyana
A passenger plane broke into two after overshooting a wet runway at Guyana’s Georgetown airport. All 157 passengers as well as six crew members survived the accident. A few of the passengers suffered fractured limbs, but there were no serious injuries. One passenger reported that people had already started cheering for a safe landing when the plan began skidding off the runway. The flight originated from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, and had made a stop in Trinidad. The pilot of the Caribbean Airlines jet had been flying into this airport for 25 years.
- Some people might call this a miracle because no passengers were seriously injured, even though the plane broke in half.
- Airline passengers sometimes cheer after a safe landing.
- The flight originated from New York.
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.