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Narrative tenses: incident on a plane

Gap-fill exercise

Fill the gaps with the correct form of the verb in brackets. This is a story so you can choose from past simple, past continuous and past perfect tenses.

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This (happen) about five years ago. I (come) back home from Turkey where I (be) on holiday with some friends who (rent) a bungalow in the mountains not for from Ankara, the capital.

Anyway, we (sit) on the plane and (just / take) off when there (be) a loud bang from the right hand side of the plane and I could see a lot of smoke coming from one of the engines. Of
course, everyone (start) looking around but the plane (carry on) flying normally. And then a few minutes later the pilot (come) on to the PA and said there was a problem with one of the engines and we’d have to return to the airport.

I felt pretty nervous, I can tell you, but I (try) to concentrate on my book and about ten minutes later we (land) without any problems. We (have to) wait for about an hour, and then we got back on the plane. Actually it was a different plane, and I was pretty relieved that it was.
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