A transatlantic commercial flight with 326 passengers and 11 crew members on board was forced to make an emergency landing on September 12 after one of the pilots accidentally spilled coffee over the control panel in the cockpit.
The aircraft was diverted to Shannon airport in the Republic of Ireland as the accident happened while the flight was over the North Atlantic Ocean.
According to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), the aircraft in concern is operated by Condor, a Thomas Cook Group. Identified as Airbus A330-243, the aircraft was headed to Cancun, Mexico from Frankfurt in Germany.
The hot coffee spill released smoke and burning stench from the aircraft’s control panel. As a result, the pilot decided to divert the flight to the nearest airport as a precautionary measure, the AAIB report said.
Reportedly, the 49-year-old pilot had misplaced his coffee cup on the tray table instead of the cupholder. Since the cup provided to the pilot by the cabin crew lacked a lid, the coffee spilled over after the former knocked over the cup accidentally.
No casualties have been reported after the incident.
After inspection and some technical repair, the flight continued on its course via Manchester. The airline apologised for the incovenienced caused to the passengers on board due to the accident.