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I Am Alive: Surviving the Andes Plane Crash 空中惊魂

2011-09-27  cntic
I Am Alive: Surviving the Andes Plane Crash 空中惊魂

Friday the 13th in October of 1972 was a dark day for an amateur rugby1 team from Uruguay. The team had paid for a plane to fly them, their families, and their friends to a match in Santiago, Chile. What was supposed to be a routine flight from Montevideo, Uruguay turned into a fight for their lives. The plane with its five crew2 members and 40 passengers was starting to descend3 when it crashed in the Andes Mountains.

Twelve people were killed instantly. After 10 days, search efforts were called off, which left the survivors with little hope of rescue. The 27 survivors4 found a way to make it through the harsh weather conditions, starvation5, and extreme cold. Even worse, an avalanche6 buried the crashed plane in snow and killed eight more people. In the end, two of the survivors went in search of help and succeeded in crossing over 60 kilometers and reaching civilization7. Finally, on December 23, 1972, all 16 of the remaining survivors were rescued. To find out how they beat death for 72 days, don't miss History Channel's "I Am Alive: Surviving the Andes Plane Crash" this month.


对一支来自乌拉圭的业馀橄榄球队来说,1972年十月十三日的黑色星期五是个不幸的一天。这支球队包机与他们的亲友一同飞往智利的圣地牙哥参加一场比赛。这趟从乌拉圭蒙特维多起飞的例行航程,却成为了攸关他们生死的一场奋战。这架载著五名机组人员和四十位乘客的飞机,在开始降落时竟撞上了安地斯山脉。

飞机上有十二个人当场死亡。十天後,搜救行动竟被取消,这也使得生还者得救的机会愈加渺茫。这二十七位幸存者设法撑过恶劣的天候状况,以及饥饿和酷寒的折磨。更惨的是,一场雪崩掩埋了坠毁的飞机,进一步造成八人丧命。最後有两位生还者出发向外求援,并成功横越六十多公里,抵达了文明世界。终於在1972年十二月二十三日那天,空难生还者中仅存的十六人全数获救。想知道他们如何在这七十二天中击败死神,就不能错过本月份历史频道播出的《空中惊魂》。

 
  1. amateura. 业馀的,非职业的
    Joshua is an amateur tennis player, but he hopes to turn professional one day.
    乔许亚是业馀的网球选手,但他希望有一天能转战职业。
  2. routinea. 例行的,一般的
    Did you have your routine health checkup this year?
    你今年去做例行的健康检查了吗?
  3. instantlyadv. 立即,马上
    Karen raised her hand instantly when the professor asked the class a question.
    当教授向全班问一个问题时,凯伦立刻就举起手来。
  4. rescuen. & vt. 救援,拯救
    The lifeguard jumped into the pool and rescued the drowning boy.
    救生员跳进泳池里,救起那个溺水的男孩。
  5. harsha. 严酷的,恶劣的
    No matter how harsh life gets, I never give up hope.
    无论生活会有多艰难,我都不会放弃希望。
  6. extremea. 极度的,极端的
    The extreme heat of the noon sun was unbearable, so the construction workers took a break in the shade.
    正午的太阳极为炙热难耐,因此建筑工人们在阴凉处稍作休息。
  1. call...off/call off...取消 撤销……
    The couple called off their wedding after a big fight.
    那对情侣大吵一架後就取消了他们的婚礼。
  2. make it through...渡过 熬过……(难关)
    Al made it through the worst of the cancer treatment and is starting to feel better.
    艾尔熬过了癌症治疗最痛苦的时期,现在已开始好转。
 
1. rugbyn.(英式)橄榄球(本文中作形容词用)
2. crewn. 全体机组人员(本文中作形容词用)
3. descendvi. 下降
4. survivorn. 幸存者,生还者
5. starvationn. 饥饿,挨饿
6. avalanchen. 雪崩
7. civilizationn. 现代文明盲
 

What was supposed to be a routine flight from Montevideo, Uruguay turned into a fight for their lives.
(这趟从乌拉圭蒙特维多起飞的例行航程,却成为了攸关他们生死的一场奋战。)
疑问词(what, when, where, why, how 等)可以引导名词子句,在主要子句中作主词、受词或置於 be 动词後作主词补语。本句中,what 所引导的名词子句"What was supposed to be a routine flight from Montevideo, Uruguay"即作主词用。
I want to know when you're coming over.
(我想知道你何时会过来。──名词子句作受词用)
注意:
how 在引导的名词子句中修饰形容词或副词时,须将该形容词或副词置於 how 之後,使 how 直接修饰该形容词或副词。
Just go outside and you'll see how cold it is today.
(只要走到外面,你就会知道今天有多冷。)


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