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Here’s the text to the listening from yesterday.


An old 747 was taxiing for departure. The crew had clearance to line up and wait but before the crew were able to line up they had a problem. The nose gear of the plane was off the paved area of the runway and they couldn’t move the plane. The first officer contacted the tower to request a tug to help them, but the controller said, ‘roger, hold short of the runway’. The first officer repeated his problem and the second time, the controller said, ‘roger, line up and wait’. The first officer explained the problem a third time and finally the controller understood the problem and he diverted another plane on final approach. Within two hours the plane was removed from its position and could take off, but many flights were diverted before the runway was cleared.

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