Many flights have been delayed by coffee:
- Maintenance fixing a coffee pot in the galley
- Pilots turning up late for departure because they had to stop at Starbucks in the terminal
But did you know that coffee caused a plane to lose altitude?
Last week the President of Serbia’s plane plunged when the co-pilot spilled coffee on the control panel.
[T]he co-pilot accidentally activated the emergency slot extension when trying to clean the coffee from the panel. That reportedly caused the plane to dive and the brief shutdown of one of the engines. Unsurprisingly there was panic among passengers.
The captain then stabilized the aircraft and returned to the capital Belgrade.
The Serbian President’s trip to the Vatican was cancelled, and the co-pilot has been suspended.
(HT: Gargoyle on Milepoint)