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dateline: 11 March 2014

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No Trace Of Malaysian Airliner

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • false alarm: something that turns out to be untrue or unrelated
  • debris: parts or materials that are left or found after an accident
  • distress: anxiety; major concern or worry
  • emerge: to become known after some time, or to come into view
  • hijacking: the illegal takeover of a vehicle by force
  • rule out: to exclude; to state that something is definitely not the cause

No Trace of Malaysian Airliner

A Malaysia Airlines jet on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing went missing on Saturday with 227 passengers and 12 on board. After three days of searching, no signs of the plane have been found. Search teams from 10 countries have been looking for any of the missing jet. Several false alarms have been reported by the media, but so far no debris has been found. Authorities by the missing aircraft. No signals of distress were received from the flight crew before it went missing; however, news has emerged that two of the passengers on board were using stolen passports. In addition, five passengers did not the plane. Their luggage was removed before . Hijacking has not been ruled out.

  1. What was the plane’s destination?
  2. How many people were on board the plane?
  3. According to the report, what has not been ruled out?

Discussion Question: With today’s technology, it is alarming that such a large jet could go missing without a trace. Based on the information you know, what do you think happened to the plane?

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Written and recorded 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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