Woman under investigation for flipping coins in aircraft engine

  • Woman under investigation for flipping coins in aircraft engine

Woman under investigation for flipping coins in aircraft engine

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.

Her "good luck" ritual prompted concerned passengers to alert airline staff, who conducted a full examination of the engine and evacuated 150 passengers. The incident is under investigation, but China Southern officials said all passengers must abide by aviation laws.

The Airbus 320 with Flight CZ380 from Pudong to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport was scheduled to take off at 12:40pm and arrive in Guangzhou at 3:05pm but was delayed for a thorough inspection on its engine.

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

The plane sat on the tarmac for five hours at Shanghai Pudong International Airport while mechanics found nine coins in one engine.

Police later announced just a single coin with the value of about 1.7 yuan was discovered inside the engine, with the others on the ground.

"A senior passenger threw coins to the plane's engine and delayed the flight".

Last year, China Southern Airlines vowed to impose a flying ban for those on China's travel blacklist, introduced in 2016 by the China Air Transport Association to punish passengers whose unruly behaviour disrupts or delays flights. "According to Qiu's neighbor, Qiu believes in Buddhism", police said.

The flight was eventually given the all-clear and took off at 17:52 local time (09:52 GMT), more than five hours late.

Hundreds of thousands of Weibo users had a field day, with one commenting sarcastically: "Grandma, this is not a wish fountain with turtles".