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Pilot's coffee spillage forced transatlantic flight to turn back

A pilot’s coffee spillage within the cockpit of a aircraft flying over the Atlantic Ocean forced the flight to turn back and land in Ireland.

The scorching liquid broken an audio management panel, which produced {an electrical} burning odor and smoke, an accident report revealed on Thursday.

It created “significant communication difficulty” for the pilots flying the Condor plane, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) mentioned.

The incident occurred on February 6 and resulted within the Airbus A330 flight from Frankfurt in Germany to Cancun in Mexico being diverted to Shannon.

The smoke stopped and the fumes didn’t end in accidents to any of the 11 crew or 326 passengers on board.

Diversions sometimes value airways between £10,000 and £80,000 relying on the dimensions of the plane and the place it diverts to, in accordance to the Civil Aviation Authority.

The report discovered the 49-year-old captain had put his coffee cup on a tray desk – the place objects are “vulnerable to being knocked over” – regardless of Airbus recommending pilots use the cup holders supplied.

The AAIB mentioned the small dimension of cups utilized by Condor “generally discouraged” use of the holders because it was tough to grasp them.

Investigators additionally famous placing a lid on the cup might have lowered the quantity of coffee spilled.

Condor responded to the accident by making certain cup lids are supplied on all flights, reminding pilots to watch out with liquids and supplying cups which can be an acceptable dimension for cup holders.

A spokeswoman for the airline, which is a subsidiary of Thomas Cook Group, mentioned: “Flight DE2116 from Frankfurt to Cancun on February 6, 2019, diverted to Shannon airport as a precautionary measure due to a minor quantity of smoke within the cockpit after a liquid spillage.

“After the plane was totally inspected and repaired by our workforce of engineers, the flight continued by way of Manchester due to the authorized working hours of the crew.

“We have comprehensively investigated this incident and reviewed the procedures of liquids within the cockpit.

“Our crews have been reminded of [the need for] cautious dealing with in addition to to use acceptable containers for his or her water or coffee.

“We apologise for any inconveniences the diversion might have caused to our guests.”

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