Coffee spill caused diversion of United Airlines flight
The United Airlines plane sits on the runway at the airport in Toronto.
January 5th, 2011
01:19 AM ET

Coffee spill caused diversion of United Airlines flight

Don't underestimate the power of a spilled cup of coffee.

A United Airlines flight from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany, was diverted to Toronto this week after the pilot dumped a cup of coffee on the plane's communication's equipment. The unwanted liquid triggered a series of emergency codes, including one for a hijacking, according to Transport Canada, the agency that regulates transportation in Canada.

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  1. Deanna

    Anybody here remember the movie "Fate is the Hunter" where a plane crash is caused by a spilled cup of coffee?

    January 5, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 5, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Somebody else

    Obviously it WASN'T decaf!

    January 5, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nombre Aqui

    Maybe it was 'IRISH' coffee 😉

    January 5, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bigdee

    GaGa, i agree with you all the way about sippy cups.

    January 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
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