Hijack alert after pilot spills coffee on controls



The United Airlines flight from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany, was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Canada.
United Flight 940 was diverted to Toronto late on Monday and landed safely after the coffee spill caused distress signals to go out, including code 7500, which means hijacking or unlawful interference.
A report by Transport Canada said Canada’s defence department was notified, but that the flight crew confirmed it to be a communication issue and not a hijacking.
The report on Transport Canada’s website said 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.”
“The flight crew had advised that they had communication problems and subsequently reported that they had some navigation problems as well and from there the pilot in the command diverted the flight onto Toronto,” said Maryse Durette, a Transport Canada spokeswoman.

United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson said: “It was a beverage. During light turbulence one of the crew members beverages spilt which then caused issues with the aeroplanes communications equipment.”
Mr Johnson said the crew was in contact with air traffic control throughout. He said that the pilot elected to divert the flight rather than cross the Atlantic Ocean while experiencing a communications problem.
The Boeing 777 was carrying 241 passengers and 14 crew members. Mr Johnson said United flew them back to Chicago on another plane and put them up in hotel rooms overnight. They flew to Germany on Tuesday.

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    Ammara said,

    how embarassing that musta been to explain
    yeah it wasnt a terrorist attack i just spilled me coffee…uh sorry bout that


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