February incident is now described in a report, which points out that aircraft heading to Mexico had to land in Ireland
An incident in February has now been described in a report, which points out that aircraft flying to Mexico had to land in Ireland.
A commercial plane with 337 people on board had to divert its route and make an emergency landing because the pilot dropped coffee on the control panel.
The episode, which took place on February 6, was now detailed in a report by British investigators from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).
The Airbus A330-243 made the route between Frankfurt, Germany, and Cancun, Mexico. But it had to land in Shannon, Ireland, when parts of the control panel began to melt, and smoke was detected inside the cockpit.
There were no injuries in the episode, but the pilots had to wear oxygen masks.
The AAIB report does not identify which airline operated the flight. But the Air Safety Foundation, an independent organization that monitors such cases, says the plane was from Condor Airlines and operated by Thomas Cook Airlines.
According to the AAIB investigation, the flight captain was monitoring the co-pilot as the plane flew over the Atlantic.
At that moment, coffee was served in cups without lids. The captain set his glass on a tray that was knocked over.
Only a little coffee has fallen on the main control panel (ACP1), but the report is that the one and the other panel (ACP2) quickly became hot to the point that a button began to melt.
This resulted in a failure of the controls and communication failures of the aircraft.
It was then decided to divert the plane to Ireland, where it landed safely.
AAIB states that flight operators have since changed their procedure to ensure that coffee cups must have lids on all routes.
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