Woman throws coins into jet engine for good luck, delays flight

Gladys Abbott
June 27, 2017

The suspect, an 80-year-old passenger surnamed Qiu, tossed coins into the engine while boarding flight CM380 operated by China Southern Airlines on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The 80-year-old passenger was arrested by the police of the worldwide airport in Shanghai.

Crews recovered one coin that landed inside the engine and eight more in the surrounding area during the inspection, which lasted about five hours.

Even more frustratingly for the other passengers, her aim was bad - eight of the nine coins missing the target, but the other nestled in the engine.

The Independent reports that the passenger was boarding the flight with her family when she threw nine coins at the aircraft's engine turbine to make the "blessings".

There was concern over what could happen if that single coin was sucked into the engine's mechanisms.

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

Airport employees said she appeared to be about 80, and she had "limited mobility and was accompanied by her husband, daughter and son-in-law", The Straits Times reported.

According to airport police, Qiu has been cleared of mental illness and has no criminal record.

China Southern Airlines said activities that threaten passenger safety are prohibited and the incident remains under investigation.

According to Qiu's neighbour, Qiu is a Buddhist.

The flight was later given a green light and took off at 5.52pm, more than five hours late.

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