NTSB Identification: SEA90LA156.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42512.
Scheduled 14 CFR UNITED AIRLINES
Accident occurred Friday, August 03, 1990 in COEUR D'ALENE, ID
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/09/1992
Aircraft: MCDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-10-10, registration: N1804U
Injuries: 1 Serious,282 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

DURING CRUISE FLIGHT, A FLIGHT ATTENDANT HANDED A PASSENGER A CUP OF COFFEE. THE ATTENDANT THEN BEGAN TO SERVE ANOTHER PASSENGER WHEN THE FIRST PASSENGER KNOCKED HER SERVING TRAY AND THE CUP OF COFFEE SPILLED IN HER LAP. THE PASSENGER RECEIVED SECOND DEGREE BURNS AND WAS HOSPITALIZED FOR THREE DAYS. THERE WAS NO REPORT OF TURBULENCE AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

PASSENGER SPILLING A HOT CUP OF COFFEE IN HER LAP WHILE THE FLIGHT WAS IN CRUISE FLIGHT.

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