Published: Fri, June 30, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Passenger Throws Coin Into Plane Engine for 'Good Luck'

Passenger Throws Coin Into Plane Engine for 'Good Luck'

According to the South China Morning Post, passengers who saw her hurling spare change wisely alerted Shanghai Pudong International Airport authorities, who delayed China Southern Airlines Flight 380.

The 80-year-old woman, surnamed Qiu, reportedly threw the coins into the Airbus 320's engine to pray for peace.

She was taken away by police after a fellow passenger reported the weird incident.

Airport workers and police found a total of nine coins, the equivalent to 1.7 Chinese yuan, including one lodged in the aircraft's engine.

All 150 passengers had to be evacuated as police were called to Shanghai's Pudong International Airport to deal with the situation. Eight of the coins missed their target but one landed inside the engine.

An elderly woman delayed a flight for over four hours in China after chucking coins into the plane's jet engine.

The plane was finally able to take off safely at 5:52pm local time (7:52pm AEST), more than five hours late. A fellow passenger witnessed the action and reported the matter to the cabin crew.

Agence France-Presse reports that the carrier released a statement on Weibo, China's Twitter-like microblogging platform, saying it had "conducted a full exam of the plane's engine" before authorizing take-off.

But that's exactly what an elderly woman did as she "prayed for safety" for her China Southern Airlines flight from Shanghai to Guangzhou on Tuesday. Police asked Qiu some questions before ultimately letting her go without filing charges.

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