PHOTO: Spilling soda on delicate aircraft equipment can have considerable repercussions. (photo courtesy of Thinkstock)
An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing on Tuesday in Jacksonville, Florida, due to a mechanical issue caused by a spilled soda.
According to The Florida Times-Union, the American Airlines flight was en route from Miami to Chicago after a soda was spilled on an unspecified electronic device in the main cabin.
A spokesperson for American Airlines said the spill was caused by a passenger, but 43-year-old Preston Wake claims he was onboard the flight and it didn’t happen that way:
Wake claims a flight attendant spilled a drink all over him, forcing him to change his clothes. He said he did not know where else the soda leaked, but passengers were notified a short time later that they would be forced to make an emergency landing in Jacksonville.
Despite the soaked clothes, Wake went on to say attendants were very kind throughout the incident and provided passengers with snacks while they were forced to wait.
The Boeing 737 landed safely at Jacksonville International Airport at around 4:45 p.m. local time, and there were no reported injuries among the estimated 150 passengers and crew members.
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Jacksonville emergency crews were on the scene when the American Airlines flight landed, just in case something went wrong. Luckily, the landing went smoothly and the fire department was not needed.
Following the incident, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that it has launched a formal investigation.
As for the passengers on the flight, they were stranded at the Jacksonville airport until around 10 p.m. local time when their journey continued.