Although one elderly woman was flying with Lucky Air, she apparently decided a little extra luck wouldn’t hurt. She was wrong.
As passengers boarded flight 8L9960 out of Anqing, Anhui, China Wednesday, several noticed 76-year-old Ms. Fang throwing objects into the engine. Coins, presumably for good luck, were discovered on the tarmac beside the airplane, according to Chinese media. The aircraft was grounded for safety reasons, and authorities detained the elderly woman.
Safety personnel conducted a thorough inspection of the aircraft, preventing the plane from departing for Kunming, Yunnan, China until the next day. Fang was not on board.
It is unclear at this time if authorities will press charges against the woman.
Fang is amusingly not the first elderly Chinese woman to mistake an aircraft engine for a wishing well. In June, an 80-year-old Chinese woman delayed a China Southern Airlines flight from Shanghai to Guangzhou for five hours, according to the South China Morning Post.
The captain said the engine could have have been severely damaged or suffered from failure if the the coins had been sucked into the engine. Civil aviation regulations prohibit passengers from engaging in contact that could impact flight safety. Chinese passengers have also come under fire for physically assaulting flight attendants and trying to force open emergency exit doors mid-flight.
The woman who was detained after incident in June was ultimately released and was not charged given her age.
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