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1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
4. Use the discussion question to write an essay or discuss the story with other students.
5. Click "show Answers" to see the full text.
6. Pretend to be a news anchor by reading each story out loud.

dateline: 15 August 2018

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Seattle Airport Worker Steals and Crashes Plane

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • commercial: for profit
  • joyride: a ride or drive that is meant for fun rather than for a specific journey (often in a stolen vehicle)
  • air traffic controller: a person who directs air traffic
  • stunt: a daring and difficult movement or trick
  • intentional: on purpose

Seattle Airport Worker Steals and Crashes Plane

An airline worker at an international airport in Seattle, Washington stole a commercial over the weekend, taking it for an hour-long joyride before it into an in the Puget Sound. The Horizon Air employee was a ground service agent and admitted to an air traffic controller that he learned what he knew about flying from video games. After attempting stunts and flying over a highly area, 29-year-old Richard Russell crashed the 76-seater and died. It is unknown whether the crash was intentional or . Officials believe no other passengers or crew were on board.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the report mainly about?
  2. What is inferred about the flight path before the crash?
  3. How many people likely died in this incident?

Discussion Questions

What are some steps airlines should take to prevent this type of disaster from ever happening again?

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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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