Friday, April 7, 2023

Black Aeroplane by FREDERICK FORSYTH Class X English Lesson 3 Explanation, Summary, Question Answers

The article provides a summary of Chapter 3 "Black Aeroplane" from CBSE Class 10 English, including a detailed explanation of the lesson and definitions of challenging vocabulary. Additionally, the summary is accompanied by answers to exercises and questions at the end of the chapter.


The narrative "Black Aeroplane" by Frederick Forsyth portrays how one's discernment can become convoluted by indulging in fantasy, ultimately leading to difficulties. The protagonist, a pilot, is excessively eager to reunite with his kin and savour a delectable breakfast, causing him to make the imprudent decision of flying straight into a tempest instead of opting for the judicious choice. Remarkably, he narrowly escapes perilous circumstances with the assistance of an enigmatic aeroplane.


At times, decision-making can be arduous, and apprehension spawns immense trepidation within us. We tend to view certain fortuitous events as miraculous and inexplicable phenomena. These occurrences extricate us from predicaments and are, in actuality, nothing but manifestations of the inner fortitude and valor of our psyche, which externalizes into a propitious force and liberates us from states of skepticism. The protagonist, a seasoned pilot at the helm of an antiquated Dakota plane, undergoes a similar experience when a cryptic "Black Aeroplane" ferries him away from the throes of a tempestuous storm.


The story "Black Aeroplane" follows a pilot flying from Paris to London who is enjoying the peaceful night-time view of a sleeping city below. The pilot daydreams about his upcoming holiday with his family and the delicious breakfast he will have once he lands. However, as he crosses Paris, he notices ominous dark clouds signaling an approaching storm. Despite the safer option of turning back, the pilot is blinded by his dreams and proceeds straight into the storm, endangering the lives of his passengers. In the midst of the storm, all direction instruments fail, and the pilot loses control of the plane. Just as hope is fading, another plane appears, piloted by an anonymous figure who selflessly guides them out of the storm before disappearing without a trace. With little fuel left, the pilot is understandably shaken and, upon landing, he inquires about the other pilot to the control tower. The response leaves him in shock: his plane was the only one in the sky.

Summary in Urdu

"بلیک ایروپلین" کی کہانی ایک ایسے پائلٹ کے بارے میں ہے جو سوئے ہوئے شہر (رات کے وقت) پر اڑان بھرنے کے لیے خوش اور خوش محسوس ہوتا ہے۔ وہ پیرس سے لندن کے لیے پرواز کر رہا ہے۔ اپنی پرواز کے دوران، وہ اپنے خاندان کے ساتھ طویل تعطیلات کا خواب دیکھتا ہے۔ وہ اس شاندار ناشتے کے بارے میں بھی تصور کرتا ہے جو اسے لینڈنگ کے بعد ملے گا۔ جیسے ہی وہ پیرس کو عبور کرتا ہے، اسے سیاہ بادلوں کی نظر پڑتی ہے جو آنے والے طوفان کی علامت تھے۔ صحیح فیصلہ یہ ہوتا کہ حفاظت کی خاطر پیرس کا رخ کیا جائے۔ لیکن وہ اپنے خوابوں کے زیر سایہ ہے اور ان میں تاخیر نہیں کرنا چاہتا، اپنے مسافروں کی جان کو خطرے میں ڈالتا ہے اور سیدھا طوفان کی طرف جاتا ہے۔ سب کچھ اندھیرا ہو جاتا ہے، وہ دیکھنے سے قاصر رہتا ہے، اس کے تمام ڈائریکشن والے آلات کام کرنا بند کر دیتے ہیں اور اس نے جہاز کا کنٹرول کھو دیا تھا۔ جب تمام امیدیں دم توڑ گئیں تو اس نے ایک اور جہاز دیکھا جس کا پائلٹ انہیں بچانے کے لیے زیادہ تیار تھا۔ مصنف گھبرا رہا تھا کیونکہ ایندھن کی بہت کم مقدار باقی تھی۔ گمنام پائلٹ نے انہیں طوفان سے باہر نکالا اور روشنی دیکھتے ہی غائب ہو گئے۔ لینڈنگ کے بعد جب وہ کنٹرول روم میں موجود خاتون سے دوسرے پائلٹ کے بارے میں پوچھتا ہے تو وہ حیران رہ جاتا ہے جب وہ کہتی ہے کہ آسمان پر اس کا واحد طیارہ تھا۔

Summary in Hindi

कहानी "ब्लैक एरोप्लेन" एक पायलट के बारे में है जो सोते हुए शहर (रात के समय) पर उड़ान भरने के लिए खुश और संतुष्ट महसूस करता है। वह पेरिस से लंदन के लिए उड़ान भर रहा है। अपनी उड़ान भरते समय, वह अपने परिवार के साथ लंबी छुट्टी के सपने देखता है। वह उस शानदार नाश्ते के बारे में भी कल्पना करता है जो वह लैंडिंग पर करेगा। जैसे ही वह पेरिस को पार करता है, उसे काले बादलों का आभास होता है जो आने वाले तूफान का संकेत थे। सुरक्षा के लिहाज से पेरिस वापस जाने का सही फैसला होता। लेकिन वह अपने सपनों पर भारी पड़ता है और उन्हें देरी नहीं करना चाहता, अपने यात्रियों के जीवन को जोखिम में डालता है और सीधे तूफान में जाता है। सब कुछ अंधेरा हो जाता है, वह देखने में असमर्थ होता है, उसके सभी दिशा-यंत्रों ने काम करना बंद कर दिया और उसने विमान का नियंत्रण खो दिया। जब सारी उम्मीद टूट गई, तो उन्होंने एक और विमान देखा जिसका पायलट उन्हें बचाने के लिए तैयार था। लेखक घबरा रहा था क्योंकि बहुत कम ईंधन बचा था। अनाम पायलट ने उन्हें तूफान से बाहर निकाला और रोशनी देखते ही गायब हो गए। उतरने पर, जब वह नियंत्रण कक्ष में महिला से दूसरे पायलट के बारे में पूछता है, तो वह सदमे में रह जाता है जब वह कहती है कि आकाश में उसका एकमात्र विमान था।

Ch 3 The Black Aeroplane Questions Answers

Q1. “I’ll take the risk.” What is the risk? Why does the narrator take it?

In this context, the term "risk" pertains to the possibility of not taking the correct course of action, which would have been to fly back to Paris upon learning about the storm. Despite being cognizant of the unfavourable weather conditions, the pilot proceeded directly into the storm, jeopardising the lives of his fellow passengers. His desire to reunite with his family obscures the pilot's judgment. He was so fervently longing to be with them and indulge in the English breakfast he had been yearning for all day that he decided to take the risk of not turning back.

Q2. Describe the narrator’s experience as he flew the aeroplane into the storm.

The narrator was terrified when he found himself losing control of the aircraft. He felt powerless as the compass and other instruments had ceased to function. He could not see anything outside the plane when unexpectedly, in the middle of nowhere, he caught sight of an unfamiliar plane, and the pilot was enthusiastic about lending a hand. The storyteller was in a state of panic because there was very little fuel left, but he somehow managed to evade the storm with the aid of the mysterious pilot, to whom he could not express his gratitude.

Q3. Why does the narrator say, “I landed and was not sorry to walk away from the old Dakota…”?

When the narrator landed the plane, he felt relieved to be able to walk away from the old Dakota. Flying that plane had been a terrifying experience, so he was glad it was over. Ultimately, the narrator was grateful that he had managed to land the plane safely.

Q4. What made the woman in the control centre look at the narrator strangely?

The woman in the control centre looked at the narrator strangely when he asked her where he was and who the other pilot was because no other plane had landed or crashed. The narrator's friend in the black aeroplane had disappeared, and there was no trace of him.

Q5. Who do you think helped the narrator to reach safely? Discuss this among yourselves and give reasons for your answer.

The pilot relied on his conscience to guide him through the storm since no other plane was in sight on that dark and turbulent night. It's possible that he may have been experiencing hallucinations, but his skill as a pilot ultimately helped him navigate his way out of the ominous black cloud.

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