Coffee Blamed for United Emergency Landing
Pilot's spill triggered false hijacking alert
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2011 1:20 AM CST
The United flight landed safely in Toronto with no injury to the 241 passengers on board.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Despite triggering an emergency landing this week, it turns out there's no problem with the Boeing 777's communications equipment—unless you spill coffee on it. Investigators have determined that an United Airlines flight from Chicago to Frankfurt diverted to Toronto after a pilot's spilled coffee triggered an emergency hijacking alarm and wreaked havoc with equipment, CTV reports.