Monday, 25 June, 2018

Shanghai Flight Delayed 4 Hours After Woman Throws Coins into Engine

Flight delayed for more than five hours after 'woman throws coins in engine for good luck' A China Southern Airlines flight was delayed
Orlando Vargas | 28 June, 2017, 03:53

The China Southern Airlines flight from Shanghai to Guangzhou was delayed for five hours and 150 passengers were evacuated as airline staff examined the engine, according to reports in local media. The passenger involved has been taken away by police, " China Southern Airlines stated on their Weibo page.

Passengers who already boarded the flight were removed as officials attempted to find out if any coins were stuck inside the engine.

China Southern Airlines would like to remind all passengers to comply with civil aviation laws and regulations to prevent unsafe incidences.

Some of the passengers reportedly saw her throwing coins at the engine for "blessings" from the middle of the boarding staircase and notified the crew.

Coins, like geese, can do severe damage when sucked into a jet engine.

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

Members of the ground crew search for coins tossed into the plane's engine in Shanghai, China.

The incident soon spread across Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, with police issuing a statement: "After an investigation, the involved passenger surnamed Qiu said she threw the coins to pray for safety". Her neighbor said Qiu is a Buddhist, police said. The plane arrived in Guangzhou without incident - just five hours late.

China Southern Airlines told reporters that passengers were reminded to comply with civil aviation laws and regulations, which prohibit behaviour that could jeopardise the safety of the flight.

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