Which one is correct :

  1. A plane has crashed in USA today.
  2. A plane is crashed in USA today.
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    Unrelated to the question of "has" versus "is": you should write "in the USA" instead of "in USA". – Tsundoku Aug 3 '16 at 14:31

The form you are looking for is the present perfect, which is built with the auxiliary verb have and the past participle.

So the correct form is "A plane has crashed in the USA today." This sentence describes a recent event.

When you use the auxiliary verb "be" before a past participle, you are not describing a recent event but a state or an outcome. For example: "My homework is finished."

Another case where you use "be" before a past participle is the passive voice. For example: "The plane was crashed deliberately by the the co-pilot". (See the GermanWings crash in March 2015.)

  • I read somewhere on internet : a plane was crashed in xyz location – user188386 Aug 3 '16 at 14:39
  • @user188386 I assume you saw a passive sentence and that you quote only part of it. It is also possible that "was crashed" was a typo (for "has crashed") or that it was written by a non-native speaker of English. – Tsundoku Aug 3 '16 at 14:41
  • Strobbe , "he was released on bail". Here released after the form to be, has it been used for passive voice ? Or used as an adjective? – user188386 Aug 4 '16 at 4:25
  • @user188386 "He was released on bail" is a clear example of the passive voice. – Tsundoku Aug 4 '16 at 7:32

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