News Exercise #139


1. According to the reporter (with a Scottish accent, by the way) how many people were onboard, and what nationalities were they?
2. How far from its destination was the plane at the time that it disappeared? What word was used to mean “disappeared” in this sentence?
3. What question did the BBC reporter ask the Egyptian Aviation Minister?

Answers:
1. According to the reporter (with a Scottish accent, by the way) how many people were onboard, and what nationalities were they?
There were 66 people including crew. Passengers were mostly french and Egyptian; one Briton was among them.
2. How far from its destination was the plane at the time that it disappeared? What word was used to mean “disappeared” in this sentence?
It was 20 minutes from landing in Cairo. The word was “vanished”.
3. What question did the BBC reporter ask the Egyptian Aviation Minister?
“Minister, could I just ask you, do you have any security concerns about anyone on the plane, whether they were passengers, whether they were crew members, whether they were on the flight deck?

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