Unlucky! Chinese flight is cancelled after passenger throws coins into jet’s ENGINE for ‘good fortune’ before take-off
Man detained by police after tossing coins wrapped in red paper into engineThe coins were spotted by runway workers who alerted plane staff just in timeThe Beibu Gulf Airlines flight from Weifang to Haiku was cancelled for safetyAll 148 passengers were forced to disembark and wait for another flight Many Chinese people believe tossing coins into statues or bells is good luck
A man in China was detained by police after he was caught throwing coins into a jey’s engine for good luck – a superstition that put the lives of the 148 passengers and crew in danger.
The passenger, identified only as having the surname Wang, was scheduled to fly from Weifang to Haiku on a Beibu Gulf Airlines flight GX8814 when he tossed a handful of coins wrapped in red paper into the engine.
Coins in a plane’s engine can damage the blades or even cause a fire.
Luckily, runway workers noticed the coins on the tarmac under the plane before it took off and alerted the aircraft’s crew.
The coins wrapped in red paper (above) were found by runway staff before take-off
Wang reportedly admitted throwing six coins wrapped in red paper into the plane’s engine. A picture of the coins was later shared online.
The staff managed to recover all the coins but the flight had to be cancelled due to safety concerns. All 148 passengers were forced to disembark and wait for another flight until the next morning.
Wang was then detained by the police.
Many Chinese people believe that tossing coins into a specific target – such as a statue in a park or a bell in a temple – might bring them good luck or ward off evil spirits.
This is not the first time a passenger has attempted to toss coins into an aircraft engine for good fortune and a safe flight in the country.
Many Chinese people believe it is good luck to toss a coin into a specific target such as a statue in a park or a bell in a temple.
In 2019 a passenger was ordered to pay Lucky Air more than £13,000 as compensation after throwing two coins at the plane’s engine, causing the flight to be cancelled and more than 160 passengers stuck overnight.
The 28-year-old man, named Lu Chao, was travelling by air for the first time with his wife and son when he tossed the coinage towards the aircraft in eastern China, according to a regional court.
All passengers set to travel with the domestic flight were left stranded at the airport and the carrier had to arrange overnight accommodation for them before they could take a replacement flight the next day, the court said.
Mr Lu was detained by Anqing Public Security Bureau for 10 days before being sued by the airline.