Condor airline flight forced to land after captain spills coffee in cockpit

Plane diverted after pilot spilled coffee report

Plane diverted after pilot spilled coffee report

Around 5 p.m., "the ACP1 unit became very hot and failed and there was an electrical burning smell in the cockpit", the report said.

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

With the hot liquid causing a strong electrical burning smell and smoke rising from the panel, the captain chose to divert, the report from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said.

According to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, the Airbus A33-243, operated by Condor, was traveling from Frankfurt in Germany to Cancún in Mexico on February 6 when it was forced to jettison fuel and divert to Shannon airport.

It also found the 49-year-old captain had put his coffee cup on a tray table - where objects are "vulnerable to being knocked over".

Another twenty minutes after that the unit became so hot that buttons began to melt, however at this stage the jet was nearly halfway across the Atlantic.

As the plane diverted to Ireland, the pilots alternately used oxygen masks.

A spilled coffee on the audio control panel caused a button to melt. Because of the audio control failures, the pilot could not hear or transmit messages and had to rely on the co-pilot's speaker to hear any transmissions.

"The smoke stopped and though there was a residual burning smell, the fumes did not result in injuries to anyone on board".

"As safety is always our top priority, we have comprehensively investigated this incident and reviewed the procedures of liquids in the cockpit", the spokesperson's statement continued.

Since the incident, Condor has encouraged its pilots to be careful when handling hot drinks in the cockpit. "We apologize for any inconveniences the diversion might have caused to our guests".

The AAIB says that the operator has since changed their procedure to ensure that cup lids are provided for flights on all routes, and cabin crews are reminded of the requirements to use them.

Moreover, they "issued a flight crew notice reminding pilots to be careful with liquids".

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