AAIB investigation to Airbus A330-243, G-TCCF

Smoke, fumes and communication failures caused by spilled coffee, North Atlantic Ocean, 6 February 2019.


Coffee was spilled onto the commander’s audio control panel (ACP). This resulted in failure of his ACP and later, the ACP on the co-pilot’s side. During the failures, the ACPs became very hot and produced an electrical burning smell and smoke. The commander decided to divert to Shannon, Republic of Ireland. The failure of two ACPs caused significant communication difficulty for the flight crew. The operator has taken safety action to reduce the chance of spillage.

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Published 12 September 2019