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The crisis of Boeing

New York / The aircraft manufacturer Boeing is facing a serious crisis in the face of a wave of bans on the model involved in the fatal accident in Ethiopia on Sunday.

On Tuesday, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has banned the use of the Boeing 737 MAX 8, a measure added to that already taken by the main European economies in some twenty countries and some thirty airlines.

Aimed at losing close to 30 billion dollars in the stock market, Boeing continues to insist on the safety of one of its best-selling aircraft and refers to the mandate of the American aviation authority.

USA considers the air-plane is usable until further notice, while is investigating with the Ethiopian authorities what happened in the incident in which 157 people died, but has assured that it will take immediate measures if it identifies any problem.

Failing to complete the investigation of the black box, the US authority recognizes “external reports are drawing similarities” between the accident in Ethiopia and the one that occurred in October 2018 in Indonesia with the same air-plane model.

As a result of the Indonesian incident which killed 189 people, Boeing has developed an update of its flight control system and plans to apply it in the coming weeks, while the authority required it by regulation before April.

Boeing assured it understands the measures taken by regulatory agencies and operators to address concerns in its domestic markets, but says there is no reason to issue guidelines while the US authority doesn’t do it.

Outside Europe, the Boeing model has been banned in countries such as China and Australia, while among the airlines that have suspended the model are Norwegian, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico or the Brazilian Golo. (March 13, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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Mainly, the text talks about... (Principalmente, el texto habla de...)  
A
las ganancias obtenidas por una empresa.
B
un accidente que hubo en Etiopía.
C
una compañía que fabrica aviones.
Question 2
According to the text... (Según el texto...)  
A
no ha habido ningún accidente con un avión de Boeing.
B
un avión fabricado por Boeing se ha estrellado.
C
Boeing no ha fabricado un avión que se estrelló.
Question 3
After the accident in Ethiopia ... (Tras el accidente de Etiopía...)  
A
se ha prohibido utilizar el modelo del avión accidentado.
B
no se ha prohibido utilizar un modelo de avión de Boeing.
C
es posible que empiece a haber prohibiciones.
Question 4
As a result of the accident in Ethiopia... (A raíz  del accidente ocurrido en Etiopía...)
A
es poco probable que este afecte a Boeing.
B
Boeing no tendrá pérdidas superiores a 100 millones de dólares.
C
es posible que Boeing sufra pérdidas millonarias.
Question 5
The model of the damaged plane in Ethiopia... (El modelo de avión siniestrado en Etiopía...)  
A
todavía no se ha prohibido en EE.UU.
B
ha sido prohibido en todos los países americanos.
C
todavía no se ha prohibido en Europa.
Question 6
According to the video, two Spaniards died in that accident. (Según el vídeo, dos españoles murieron en ese accidente.)
 
A
Para nada.
B
No se sabe.
C
Así es.
Question 7
According to the video, on that plane...  (Según el vídeo, en ese avión...)  
A
viajaban personas de 35 nacionalidades.
B
todas las personas eran del mismo país de origen.
C
viajaban personas de 25 nacionalidades.
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'Afrontar' means...  ('Afrontar' es...)    
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hacer frente a algo.
B
evitar un problema.
C
pedir ayuda.
Question 2
The determined article for 'aviación' is:  (El artículo determinado para 'aviación' es:)
     
A
la
B
el
C
lo
Question 3
A synonym of  'insistir' is ...  (Un sinónimo de 'insistir' es...)  
A
perseverar.
B
callar.
C
renunciar.
Question 4
In the text, 'directrices'  mean... (En el texto, 'directrices' son...)  
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varias prohibiciones.
B
unas recomendaciones para hacer algo.
C
unas instrucciones para realizar algo.
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