Passenger throws coins into plane engine for good luck

  • Passenger throws coins into plane engine for good luck

Passenger throws coins into plane engine for good luck

That's what happened on Tuesday in China, where a plane was grounded for several hours - because an elderly woman threw coins into one of its engines.

The 80-year-old passenger, surnamed Qiu, threw coins into the engine while boarding China Southern Airlines flight 380, scheduled to fly from Shanghai to Guangzhou yesterday afternoon. "The passenger involved has been taken away by police", China Southern Airlines wrote in a statement on Weibo.

Mechanics finished the inspection at around 4:50pm and found one coin in and eight around the engine, with a total value of 1.7 yuan.

Media outlets including the South China Morning Post report the woman, believed to be 80, was throwing coins at the engine for "blessings" from the middle of the boarding staircase.

The captain was quoted as saying the metal, if sucked up by the engine, could have caused serious damage, including failure.

Her "good luck" ritual prompted concerned passengers to alert airline staff, who conducted a full examination of the engine and evacuated 150 passengers.

The 80-year-old passenger delayed airplane heading from Shanghai to Guangzhou, forcing almost 150 passengers to be evacuated.

The news story became a trending topic on Weibo, where they mocked her for confusing the airplane engine with a "wish fountain with turtles".

It is not yet clear whether the airline will be taking any further action against the woman, but an investigation into the incident is still underway, The Independent reported.