Pilot forced to divert plane after spilling coffee over cockpit controls

FRANKFURT,GERMANY-FEBRUARY 03,2018: CONDOR Airbus A320 lands at Frankfurt airport.Condor, is a German leisure airline based in Frankfurt.; Shutterstock ID 1018591840; Purchase Order: -
A cup of coffee was knocked over within the cockpit (Picture: Shutterstock)

A Condor plane flying to Mexico was forced to land in Ireland after its captain spilled a cup of coffee within the cockpit.

The scorching liquid seeped into the audio management panel, inflicting {an electrical} burning scent and smoke, an accident report revealed.

This created ‘significant communication difficulty’ for the pilots flying the plane, which was on its method to Cancun from Frankfurt, in Germany, on February 6.

Instead the plane was forced to land in Shannon, Ireland, the place it was then repaired by a crew of engineers.

The flight then continued its journey through Manchester, due to the authorized working hours of the crew.

Fortunately the fumes didn’t end in accidents to any of the 11 crew or 326 passengers on board, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) stated.

Undated handout photo issued by the Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) of the console from the cockpit of a Airbus A330 showing the Audio Control Panels (ACPs) which were damaged when a pilot spilt coffee from a cup on his tray table during a flight from Frankfurt, Germany to Cancun, Mexico on February 6. The spillage created "significant communication difficulty" for the pilots flying the Condor aircraft, causing it to be diverted to Shannon. PA Photo. Issue date: Monday August 12, 2019. See PA story AIR Coffee. Photo credit should read: AAIB/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
The flight had to land in Ireland as a substitute of Mexico (Picture: PA)

According to the report, the captain, 49, had put their cup on the a tray desk, regardless of it being ‘vulnerable to being knocked over’ in that place.



The small measurement of cups utilized by Condor meant the AAIB ‘generally discouraged’ use of the holders because it was troublesome to grasp them, it stated.

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

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Diversions are believed to sometimes value airways between £10,000 and £80,000, relying on the scale of the plane and the place it diverts to.

Condor has 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 applicable measurement for cup holders.

A spokeswoman for the airline stated: ‘We have comprehensively investigated this incident and reviewed the procedures of liquids within the cockpit.

‘Our crews have been reminded of (the necessity for) cautious dealing with in addition to to use applicable 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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