Coffee, it’s a pick me up, it’s good to drink but not so good to spill on a multimillion-dollar aircraft’s controls.
On one winters day in February, a Condor Airlines A330-200 was traveling from Frankfurt, Germany to Cancun, Mexico when the pilot ordered a well-deserved coffee during the cruise. Unfortunately, the cabin crew onboard the airlines sole A330 had not given the captain a lid for his beverage and the pilot then accidentally spilled it over the controls including the audio control panel which isn’t very good considering it forms such a vital communication tool. Buttons began to melt and the flight crew was forced to wear oxygen masks, luckily no one was hurt and the captain decided to divert to Shannon, Ireland for the safety of everyone on board. The flight landed safely and the aircraft was inspected and repaired. All coffees passed to the flight crew are now required to have lids in order to avoid this from happening again
Condor’s A330 landing in Monteral full image credit