Pepper Condensation Triggers Emergency Landing for Air France Jumbo Jet

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Tue. December 23rd, 2014 - by Andrew McDaniel

FRANCE & IRELAND - Chili lovers' ears perked up when reports began to emerge last week stating that a shipment of fresh peppers had triggered a fire alarm on an Air France jumbo jet, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Ireland.

Rest assured, no damage to the plane, pilots, or passengers occurred during the course of this surprising produce story. It did leave officials with a puzzle to sort out over the ensuing hours, however. How had peppers brought a several ton jumbo jet to the ground?

It turns out that condensation was the culprit.

“Have you ever put your vegetables in the refrigerator in a plastic bag, with no air whatsoever, and seen how they sweat?” explained Paul Hayes, a safety expert at Ascend Ltd. This condensation built to high enough levels to trigger the fire alarm which eventually brought the plane to the ground.

Talk about a wild produce ride!