Published June 28, 2017

Woman Delays Shanghai Flight After Throwing Coins Into Engine

By Amay Aggarwal

An 80-year-old passenger on a China Southern Airlines flight to Guangdong made waves yesterday after she decided throw coins into a plane’s engine for "good luck" while boarding. Her actions had the exact opposite effect as they delayed the flight’s departure from Shanghai Pudong International Airport.


The octogenarian tossed the coins as she “prayed for safety” whilst crossing the tarmac to board, she told police. Which, unless she had a Final Destination-esque premonition of the flight crashing after takeoff, doesn't seem like she ensured the safety of anyone on the flight.


Only one of nine coins she threw lodged itself into the engine, but this was enough to delay the flight for several hours for her, her family, and her fellow 150 passengers.




Passengers who had already boarded were directed to get off the plane so the necessary checks could be made. “In order to make sure the flight is safe, China Southern maintenance has conducted a full examination of the plane’s engine,” China Southern Airlines said in a statement on Weibo.




Police later added, “After investigation the involved passenger surnamed Qiu said she threw the coins to pray for safety. According to Qiu's neighbour, Qiu believes in Buddhism.”


The story was soon trending on social media around the world. Chinese netizens took to Weibo, with one user commenting, “Grandma, this is not a wish fountain with turtles.”


The Guangzhou-bound flight eventually took off five hours later, to the relief of her fellow passengers. 


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