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October 25, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

For at least the second time this year, an elderly woman has tossed coins into the engine of a passenger aircraft for good luck during the flight.

It’s a different woman this time. She was flying on Chinese regional domestic carrier Lucky Air, a Hainan Airlines subsidiary. The incident was reported on Wednesday at the airport in the city of Anqing in eastern China’s Anhui province.

Fellow passengers reported the woman’s actions and coins were found on the tarmac. A 76-year-old female passenger was arrested but it was not stated whether she would face charges.

In June, also in China, an elderly woman who threw a handful of spare change into the engine of a plane before take-off for good luck, caused major disruption and a five-hour delay.

In the June incident, ground crew had to strip down the engine for inspection and find the coins. Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post quoted Chinese mainland media saying Southern Airlines Flight 380 was held up at Shanghai Pudong International Airport after a female passenger, said to be aged about 80, caused a disruption.

An investigation by ground crew found nine coins in the left-hand engine of the A320, with the captain warning that they could have caused serious engine damage, the paper said, citing the airline’s official WeChat account.

Written by Peter Needham

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