A passenger delayed a flight for over two hours after tossing coins into the plane’s engine for good luck.
The woman, named only as Ms. Yang, 66, has been detained for 10 days by the police at Hohhot Baita International Airport in Mongolia following the bizarre incident. It forced all passengers to be evacuated from the plane bound for Chifeng city.
Mrs. Yang threw six coins into the engine of a Tianjin Airlines flight GS 6681 as she was boarding from the airstairs. Cabin crew members noticed and alerted the police before inspecting any damages.
The airline crew and engineers later searched the engine and retrieved all the six coins without any scar.
The flight, scheduled to take off at 8am, was delayed for two hours and departed at 10am.
Tianjin Airlines said it was examining the option to take legal action if necessary.
In a similar incident last month, a passenger was ordered to pay over 50,000 yuan (EUR £5,600) for throwing two coins at an engine of a plane in central China. The man was sued by the airline which claimed to sustain a financial loss of over 70,000 yuan (£7,900) due to his actions.
Source : Various