Elderly woman throwing coins in engine ‘for good luck’ causes 5-hour plane delay
On Tuesday, Flight CZ380 from Shanghai Pudong International Airport Guangzhou with 150 passengers on board was delayed after airport employees, alerted by her fellow passengers, caught an elderly woman throwing coins into the engine of the aircraft.
China Southern Flight 380 was delayed at Shanghai Pudong Int'l Airport on Tues after an elderly woman threw coins into the engine for luck.. pic.twitter.com/wSSWJg9bcE— Flight (@flightorg) June 27, 2017
Qiu Mu, 80, had apparently been praying for a safe and uneventful flight, but had she not been discovered, the coins may have been sucked into the engine core, causing considerable damage to moving parts and possibly even a catastrophic engine failure.
Police were called to the scene and the flight was delayed by nearly five hours as staff searched the engines, finding eight coins on the ground and another one in the engine itself.
The elderly passenger, who has no history of mental illness or a criminal record, and her family have been detained by airport security. Even though she did not cause any damage, she could still be held criminally responsible for causing delays which could result in a fine and detention for over five days.