Part 3: Listening comprehension

Part 3: Listening comprehension

What follows is an account of a take-off incident involving a Staffair flight from Auckland to Christchurch, New Zealand.

Before listening

The following verbs are all in this report. Make sure you know what they mean:

  • Perform
  • Accelerate
  • Reject
  • Issue
  • Put out

Now listen to the report and answer these questions:

  1. What type of aircraft was involved?
  2. What was its registration?
  3. What was the flight number?
  4. What runway was it on?
  5. How fast was it travelling when the crew rejected take off?
  6. Why did they do this?
  7. What did Tower report? Why is this surprising?
  8. Which runways were closed?
  9. What did the emergency services do?
  10. When did the aircraft taxi to the apron?

Transcript

A Staffair Boeing 757-300, registration HL-8257 performing flight SA-1586 from Auckland to Christchurch, New Zealand was accelerating for take-off from Wellington runway 05R when the crew rejected take-off at high speed (about 123 knots over ground) due to a right-hand engine fire indication. The crew requested fire trucks to be dispatched while the aircraft was still slowing down. Tower reported: “it does appear your left engine is on fire.” Tower closed both runways 05R and 05L and instructed approaches to runways 23L and 23R to continue their approaches without issuing landing clearances, emergency services responded to runway 05R crossing runway 05L. After it was clear the Boeing 757-300 had passed both runways 23, the approaches to 23L and 23R were cleared to land. Emergency services put the fire out and reported seeing no fire on the left-hand side. The aircraft taxied to the apron about 20 minutes after the rejected take-off.

Radiotelephony exercise

Listen to this exchange between a pilot and City Ground. Now complete the pilot’s part in the dialogue:

Fill in the gaps to complete this RT exchange between a pilot and City Tower:

Pilot: City Tower, X-Luft _______, approaching holding point ______

ATC: X-Luft _______, City Tower, hold at _______

Pilot: Hold at _____, X-Luft _____

ATC: X-Luft ______, ___________ the landing Airbus ______, line up runway ______

Pilot: _____________ the landing Airbus __________, line up runway _____, X-Luft _____

ATC: X-Luft ______, runway _____, cleared for take off, _______ ________.

Pilot: Runway _____, cleared for take off X-Luft _____

ATC: X-Luft _____, contact City Radar on ___________

Pilot: Contact City Radar on __________ , X-Luft ______

Transcript

Pilot: City Tower, X-Luft 429, approaching holding point D2

ATC: X-Luft 429, City Tower, hold at D2

Pilot: Hold at D2, X-Luft 429

ATC: X-Luft 429, behind the landing Airbus 319, line up runway 30

Pilot: Behind the landing Airbus 319, line up runway 30, X-Luft 429

ATC: X-Luft 429, runway 30, cleared for take-off, wind calm.

Pilot: Runway 30, cleared for take-off X-Luft 429

ATC: X-Luft 429, contact City Radar on 127.275

Pilot: Contact City Radar on 127.275, X-Luft 429