Woman throws coins into plane engine, delaying flight for five hours
An elderly woman delayed a flight in China for 5 hours after throwing coins into the plane’s jet engine “for good luck.”
The 80-year-old threw nine coins into the engine’s turbine and performed a blessing as she was boarding the China Southern Airlines flight in Shanghai, prompting passengers to alert airline staff.
An aviation engineer said a coin falling into the core of a jet engine could break compressor blades and create a risk of explosion. The cost of a single engine for the Airbus A320 is $50 million.
Passengers who had already boarded the flight were removed from the aircraft while the search for the coins was being carried out.
Once the airline staff had found all of the coins, passengers were allowed to re-enter the aircraft, and the flight finally got underway more than four hours after boarding had begun. The elderly woman who threw the coins into the engine was not on the flight.