London - A spilt cup of coffee melted a plane cockpit’s instruments and forced a flight to turn back halfway across the Atlantic Ocean.
With 337 people on board, the Mexico-bound flight made an emergency landing in Ireland, having taken off in Germany.
The drink burnt part of a control panel in the cockpit, making it difficult for the crew to communicate, an accident report said.
Smoke and the smell of electrical burning then filled the cabin of the Condor airline flight from Frankfurt to Cancun.
That left the flight crew forced to breathe through oxygen masks as the plane was diverted to Shannon airport.