Today at 5:25 in the morning Beijing time, an airplane depressurized during its flight from Beijing to Osaka. This flight was operated by Trans-Siberian Air, an air transport company based out of Vladivostok, Russia. The aircraft was flying on autopilot at cruising altitude when an unexplained boom was heard . Fortunately, once the depressurization occurred, the pilot immediately regained control of the aircraft without further incident. However, when the co-pilot started to feel hypoxic, he transmitted an international distress call, which caused emergency services on the ground in Osaka to go into action. In fact, panic ensued because a rumor began that an explosion had taken place, perhaps one linked to terrorism–a story that turned out to be completely untrue. Luckily, no one was hurt.
1. What do you think hypoxia is?
2. What is autopilot?
3. Is distress something positive or something negative?
4. True or false: the word hypoxic is an adjective that derives from the noun hypoxia.
5. What does the suffix -ic indicate?