Plane being flown over the Atlantic diverts after captain spills coffee in cockpit – World News

Plane being flown over the Atlantic diverts after captain spills coffee in cockpit – World News




Holidaymakers had to be diverted after coffee was spilt in the cockpit of an Airbus A330 bound for Mexico.

The airliner was being flown over the Atlantic Ocean had was forced to turn back and land in Ireland instead of Cancun.

The hot drink damaged an audio control panel, producing an electrical burning smell and smoke, an accident report revealed.

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

The cockpit panel was damaged by the hot drink

The incident happened on Wednesday, February 6 and resulted in the Airbus A330 flight from Frankfurt in Germany being diverted to Shannon.

The smoke stopped and the fumes did not result in injuries to any of the 11 crew or 326 passengers on board.

Diversions typically cost airlines between £10,000 and £80,000 depending on the size of the aircraft and where it diverts to, according to the Civil Aviation Authority.

The report found the 49-year-old captain had put his coffee cup on a tray table – where objects are “vulnerable to being knocked over” – despite Airbus recommending pilots use the cup holders provided.

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The AAIB said the small size of cups used by Condor “generally discouraged” use of the holders as it was difficult to grasp them.

Investigators also noted putting a lid on the cup may have reduced the amount of coffee spilled.

Condor – a subsidiary of the Thomas Cook Group – responded to the accident by ensuring cup lids are provided on all flights, reminding pilots to be careful with liquids and supplying cups that are an appropriate size for cup holders.






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