Here's today's YouTube clip.If you can't see it embedded on your mobile, the link is here. It's talking about the tragedy which occurred over the Java Sea with the Air Asia plane. There is a big crossover in vocab between these stories and the Malaysian Airlines story, so have a look at the Malaysian Airlines Word List and YouTube clip to find out about some airplane vocab.
Transcript and links to articles up tomorrow.
Here it all is.
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Today we're talking about that tragedy that happened in Indonesia with the aeroplane, the
Air Asia plane that went down. They're trying their best to find out what happened and get
the bodies back.
First story up today, no foul play. It wasn't terrorism. They can state that now. They say, 'It
wasn't terrorism, forget that.' No sabotage. Nothing. They've got the Black Box contents.
Only they know what they are at the moment, so I think they must have heard something on the Black Box which leads them to makes such an emphatic statement about it not being
terrorism. They said they could only hear the pilot and copilot's voice. No explosion. What
did happen to the plane, is that at some stage it was flying, and then it started ascending
straight up in the air at 6000 feet a minute. Now usually, these commercial airplanes, they
ascend at about 1000-2000 feet per minute. Usually it's only a fighter jet that can shoot up in the air. So something went very wrong with the plane. Experts are already drawing parallels to the plane which
crashed over France in 2009. The same thing happened. What was decided with that plane crash is that some sensors iced over, so it stopped the plane working properly - and they're saying that might be what happened here, but it's still too early. They're having trouble
raising the plane. Only 53 bodies have been recovered so far.
I told you the plane shot right up in the air; next story - when planes shoot right up in the air
like that, the next thing that happens very often is that they stall. Stalling - if you're driving a manual car and you put it in and you take your foot off the clutch too quickly. Stall, the
engine stops working properly and cuts out, and then the plane obviously comes down.
They're saying that might be....., well it did stall because the alarms were screaming. They
could hear on the Black Box, the stall alarms were screaming, even over the voice of the
pilot and the co-pilot who were trying to bring it under control. So, again, no foul play. Terrorism, out. So now they're looking at human error or aircraft damage. No terrorism.
Last story, thinking about the divers. The recovery divers have got an awful job. The
wreckage is spread over 1 square km. High waves - dangerous. Underwater currents -
dangerous. They've even had sharks down there. A shark. Basically, they drop a weight
down. They pull their way down - they're clipped to a cable so the current doesn't sweep
them away. They can only spend 25-30 minutes a day underwater, and of that, only 15-20 minutes at the bottom. It is such a tiring task, each diver can only dive once a day, and
what a horrible job. They get past the high waves, the underwater currents; what is waiting
for you to find down there. It's a horrible job. Someone has to do it .Good on those guys.
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