Following the crash of ETH302 last Sunday, now is as good a time as any to talk about accidents, incidents and investigations.

1 – vocabulary

Review the vocabulary on accidents with the help of a double-page extract from L’Anglais pour voler.


2 – reading comprehension

Read the « In English, please » article published in the July 2011 issue of Info-pilote entitled: « Air accident investigations, looking for answers ».

Then answer these questions:

a – what does BEA stand for?

b – how long did the AF447 black boxes remain at the bottom of the ocean?

c – which ICAO annex describes the SARPs for aircraft accident and incident investigation?

d – what is not the purpose of investigations?

e – who designates the investigator-in-charge?


3 – listening comprehension

Listen to the audio recording of a CNN report of the ETH302 accident, and of Donald Trump announcing the United States’ decision to follow suit with the rest of the world and ground the B737 Max:

Find the missing words in this transcription of the recording.


4 – general English corner

How does your English sound? Jersey or New Jersey ?

Practice with this exercise . Do the words fall in the Jersey (J) or New Jersey (NJ) category?

If you are craving for more, visit the British Council site, an interesting place to go to fine-tune your general English.


5 – crossword

A crossword with attitude!

2 – reading comprehension

a- Bureau d’enquêtes et d’analyses (pour la sécurité de l’aviation civile)

b – almost 2 years

c – annex 13

d – to apportion blame or liability

e – the state where the accident happens, also called the State of Occurence.


3 – listening comprehension

Full transcription


4 – general English corner

1 – J; 2 – J; 3 – NJ; 4 – NJ; 5 – J; 6 – NJ; 7 – NJ; 8 – NJ; 9 – J; 10 – NJ