Spilled Coffee Forces International Flight To Be Diverted A pilot of a flight from Germany to Mexico spilled a cup of coffee on a control panel — the plane had to be diverted to Ireland for an emergency landing. The airline now requires lids on those cups.
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Spilled Coffee Forces International Flight To Be Diverted

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A pilot of a flight from Germany to Mexico spilled a cup of coffee on a control panel — the plane had to be diverted to Ireland for an emergency landing. The airline now requires lids on those cups.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. So much can depend on a snug piece of plastic. A passenger plane was flying from Germany to Mexico. A pilot got a cup of coffee without a lid. And somewhere over the North Atlantic, the coffee spilled on a control panel. Investigators say the panel smoked and started melting. The pilots put on oxygen masks and diverted the plane. At least the pilot was caffeinated for the emergency landing in Ireland. The airline now requires lids.

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