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US flight makes emergency landing as pilot spilled coffee
05 January
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Toronto:  A US flight from Chicago to the German city of Frankfurt, with 255 people on board, reportedly made an emergency landing in Canada because the pilot spilled his coffee in the cockpit.

The United Airlines Flight 940 was diverted to Toronto just after 10 PM on Monday night, after the plane developed a communications problem, according to an airline spokesman.

But, Transport Canada, the agency that regulates transportation in Canada, has claimed that the malfunction was due to the Boeing 777's pilot dumping his cup of coffee on the plane's communication equipment.

The spilled liquid caused the plane's radio to send out transponder code (or 'squawk') 7500, denoting hijacking; The crew were able to stop the faulty squawk, but decided to land anyway, the report said.

The 241 passengers and 14 crew members were put in a different aeroplane once on the ground in Toronto, flown back to Chicago, put up in a hotel and then flown to Frankfurt on Tuesday afternoon.

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