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Words in the News
Wednesday 22 August 2001
Vocabulary from the news. Listen to and read the report then find explanations of difficult words below.

  Concorde
Concorde: return to the skies?
Summary: After a meeting of the Anglo-French Concorde group on Monday, it was announced that Concorde will probably be allowed to make commercial flights again from next month. Flights have been suspended since last year's crash near Paris. This report from Valerie Jones:
   
The News Listen  
  The official statement from the meeting in Paris was optimistic. It said that procedures are on track to get the flight suspension lifted jointly by the French and the British, and probably before the end of the month. There are still processes to go through before commercial flights can recommence.

Approval will have to be given to the safety modifications that have been made to the planes. Then each aircraft will have to get its airworthiness certificate back and the flight crews will have to retrain. But British Airways are hoping their seven Concordes will be back in service next month.

The French are a little behind. They have yet to carry out their first test flight on the modified plane. It was an Air France Concorde that crashed just after take-off from Paris in July last year. A piece of metal on the runway had shattered a tyre and the flying debris punctured a fuel tank which burst into flame. Now Concorde is to have reinforced fuel tanks, tougher tyres and better protection for the landing gear.

VALERIE JONES, BBC, PARIS

 
   
The Words Listen
 
  on track
happening in a way that is likely to result in success

 
   
  flight suspension
during the suspension of flights, Concorde has not been allowed to fly

 
   
  processes to go through
official things to do

 
   
  safety modifications
changes in design that will improve safety

 
   
  airworthiness certificate
official document required by all aircraft to show they are safe and have permission to fly

 
   
  back in service
in use again

 
   
  shattered
destroyed, broken into several pieces

 
   
  debris
the remains of something that has broken. Here, the pieces of shattered tyre

 
   
  punctured
made a hole in

 
   
  reinforced
strengthened

 
   
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