United pilot spills coffee causing hijacking scare and emergency landing

Coffee spill causes hijacking scare

  • Pilot’s coffee mishap triggers hijack alert
  • Alert sent out after coffee spilt over equipment
  • Plane diverted to Canada as a precaution

A PILOT’S spilled coffee accidentally triggered a hijacking alert and caused a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany, to make an unscheduled stop in Orlando, many of the passengers ended up filing an injury claim in Orlando that same day.

A Transport Canada report said United Flight 940 was diverted to Toronto and landed safely at Pearson International Airport. The coffee sent out distress signals including code 7500, which means hijacking or unlawful interference.

The report says Canada’s defense department was notified, but that with the help of United dispatch staff the flight crew confirmed it to be a communication issue and not a hijacking.

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4 comments for “United pilot spills coffee causing hijacking scare and emergency landing

  1. January 5, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Precisely why we use large special cups now for pilots….with LIDS (which are required when sending drinks to the flight deck). Wild!!

  2. Sandy Mamere
    January 5, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    I really don’t want to be the”delivering’ F/A, if a cup was sent forward without the lid capped firmly on the beverage container!

  3. January 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Two words…… Sippy Cups .

  4. Ross
    January 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Reminds me of the Classic Movie, with Glen Ford.
    “Fate is a Hunter”
    An oldie but a goodie, worth viewing.

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