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Plane diverted after pilot spilled coffee: report


The hot coffee lawsuit nearly got a sequel.

A pilot’s coffee spill caused a transatlantic flight to be diverted to Ireland, according to a report.

An Airbus A33-243 operated by Condor was forced to jettison fuel during a flight from Frankfurt to Cancun on Feb. 6 after the pilot knocked over his coffee cup onto the audio control panel, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said.

The panel started smoking and produced a burning sound. The flight crew was forced to wear oxygen masks and had difficulty communicating. After one of the buttons on the panel began to melt, the pilot decided to divert so the plane, carrying 11 crew and 326 passengers over the North Atlantic, made a detour to Shannon Airport in Ireland.

No injuries were reported and the Air Accident Investigation Branch said Condor made cup lids a requirement on all flights.

“The operator also issued a flight crew notice reminding pilots to be careful with liquids,” it said.

A spokesperson for Condor told CNN that the diversion was precautionary because of a “minor amount of smoke in the cockpit.”

“After the aircraft was fully inspected and repaired by our team of engineers, the flight continued via Manchester due to the legal operating hours of the crew," the spokesperson added. "As safety is always our top priority, we have comprehensively investigated this incident and reviewed the procedures of liquids in the cockpit. Our crews were reminded of a careful handling as well as to use appropriate containers for their water or coffee. We apologize for any inconveniences the diversion might have caused to our guests.”