Section I — Pan Am Flight 73
It was the morning of September 5, 1986. The aircraft, Pan Am Flight 73 with 360 passengers on board, had just arrived from Mumbai and was ready to depart from Jinnah International Airport in Karachi for its destination — the United States. Unfortunately, the flight was hijacked by four heavily armed terrorists while it was parked at Karachi airport.
Many aspire to become engineers, doctors, IAS officers, film stars and so on. Just a limited number of people are service-oriented.
This lesson, 'A Story of Self Sacrifice and Bravery', is about one such selfless, service-minded, brave human who lost her life at the great cost of saving others' lives. Her name was Neerja.
The incident took place on September 5th, 1986. On September 5th morning, the aircraft Flight 73 had just arrived from Mumbai. It was ready to depart from Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. It had 360 passengers on board. The plane's final destination was the United States. When the flight was parked at Karachi airport, suddenly, it was hijacked by four heavily armed terrorists.
Meaning of difficult words:
To want to achieve something
The place someone/something is going to reach
By bad luck
A plane, helicopter, or other vehicles that fly
|Hijack||To illegally take control of a vehicle, especially a plane|
Someone who uses violence
|Depart||To leave a place to start a journey|
|Arrive||To reach a place|
State Council of Educational Research and Training (2019). Term-3 English Standard-7. A Story of Self Sacrifice and Bravery (pp. 105-111). Published by the Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation.