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Can coffee bring a plane down ?

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Can coffee bring a plane down ?

Incident report from earlier in the year shows a Airbus A330 with 337 passengers on board had to be dirverted to the nearest airport after coffee spilt on the APC controls which started to melt.

Seems there was no policy that that lids should have been used on the cups.

 

A simple accident could have resulted in a major disaster.

Ref: Article on BBC news website today.

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Re: Can coffee bring a plane down ?

Considering the cost of these aircraft you would think the control panels would be liquid proof.  I bet Boeing have made theirs proof against wayward coffee which is always a hazzard in cockpits as pilots need plenty of caffiene to stay awake during time zone changes. To be honest no paper cup with a clip on lid is truly spill proof especially if thrown around by turbulence,  for that you need a plastic one with a screw on lid.

This prompts another question,  do aircraft cabins have cup-holders...

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Re: Can coffee bring a plane down ?

Also, why are we only hearing about this now?


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Re: Can coffee bring a plane down ?

Because someone just decided to spill the beans?  Cheesy

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This makes a mocha-ry  of the control panel design...  This could be 'grounds' to sue the plane maker. 

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Re: Can coffee bring a plane down ?

@RobPN  presume you are referring to coffee beans, and not baked beans ! !  Cheesy

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Re: Can coffee bring a plane down ?

Well they probably did [-Censored-] themselves at the time.  Wink

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Re: Can coffee bring a plane down ?


@Minivanman wrote:

Also, why are we only hearing about this now?


Better latte than never.

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Re: Can coffee bring a plane down ?

What the heck was in that coffee?? Gallium? Funny

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@twocvbloke 

Although I knew Gallium was a metal, I didn't understand the relevance of your post but Mr. Google helped me out, and now I see what you mean!  Thumbs_Up

 

 

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Re: Can coffee bring a plane down ?

@wotsup  The plane did have cup holders - but the pilots said they were too big for the cup and made it difficult to get out. 

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@nozzer  having read that report.... I am surprised that a recommendation to install hand held VHF airband transcievers in the cockpit, for emergency use, was not made.

 

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Re: Can coffee bring a plane down ?

@shutter 

Yes, it does seem a bit surprising. Maybe they don't have enough range?

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Re: Can coffee bring a plane down ?

I may be be wrong but I seem to recall that the one I had on my (very) small fishing boat was limited to line of sight. It was how I used it anyway. 

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