Female passenger detained for throwing SIX coins at plane’s engine to pray for a safe flight
A female passenger has been detained by police for throwing six coins at a plane for good luck before take-off in China.
The 66-year-old woman was removed from the Tianjin Airlines flight after admitting to tossing the coins as she was boarding the plane at Hohhot Baita International Airport in Inner Mongolia
The engine of an aircraft would be severely damaged or even destroyed if a coin is sucked into it, according to a professor at the Civil Aviation University of China
‘The engine could tremble, lose speed and even stop in mid-air if a coin were sucked into its core,’ he said. ‘That would put all the passengers on board at great risk.’
A similar incident occurred a year ago when a Chinese woman delayed a Shanghai flight for several hours after she had the great idea of tossing coins in the airplane’s engine for good luck. According to a passenger, the 80-year-old woman tossed nine coins at the engine of China Southern Airlines flight CZ380 while she was boarding on the tarmac, AFP reported.