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Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Coffee spill leads to hijacking alert

By Associated Press

TORONTO -- 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 Canada.

A Transport Canada report says United Flight 940 was diverted to Toronto late Monday and landed safely at Pearson International Airport. A emergency was declared and 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.

The report says the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration reported that United's corporate office had indicated that the pilot "had inadvertently squawked a 7500 code after spilling coffee on the aircraft's radio equipment, which interfered with the communications equipment."

By Associated Press  | January 5, 2011; 10:01 AM ET
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Comments

Hundreds of millions for a jet. They could at least install cupholders not near the avionics.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 5, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

The Pepsi Syndrome

Posted by: blasmaic | January 5, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

dude, have you ever seen the inside of modern cockpit? except for the floor boards there nothing that ISNT near electronics...

Posted by: Section107 | January 5, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

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