Lucky Air, part of Hainan Airlines group, offers four-times weekly Anqing to Kunming Airbus A320 service. Last week one of those flights was cancelled because planes are not wishing wells.
Another Chinese passenger grounded a plane by tossing a coin into the engine. The passenger was already flying Lucky Air but wanted some additional good luck for the flight.
Fellow passengers reported that coins were tossed at the engine of a Lucky Air jet during boarding, and ground crew later found coins lying on the tarmac next to the plane, according to various statements by the airline, airport authorities, and transport police.
Lucky Air Airbus A319-112 B-6221 by byeangel from Tsingtao, China via Wikimedia Commons
Although Channel News Asia reports the incident occurred on Wednesday, October 19 it appears to have occurred on Wednesday (correct) October 18th and not Thursday the 19th based on the flight’s cancellation:
A 76 year old woman was taken into custody and the aircraft was grounded for further inspection.
This follows an incident just four months ago where an 80-year-old woman caused a six hour delay of a China Southern aircraft departing Shanghai by tossing nine coins at the engine while boarding. One coin made it inside the engine, apparently.
Because she was 80 and genuinely seemed to believe her Buddhism instructed that this was necessary to ensure her safety enroute to Guangzhou authorities didn’t press charges. I do find tossing nine coins — rather than eight — to be curious, however. What’s a long life without prosperity?
(HT: Meg Butler)