Man detained by Chinese authorities after throwing coins into aircraft engine for 'good luck'

Surprisingly, it’s not the first time this has happened.
Surprisingly, it’s not the first time this has happened. Photo credit: Weibo/Getty

A flight in China had to be cancelled after a passenger threw coins into the aircraft's engines as he was boarding the flight.

The passenger, known only as Wang, said he did it for good luck so that his flight would arrive at its destination safely. 

His actions, of course, could have resulted in the exact opposite outcome.

Wang was boarding a flight operated by Guangxi Beibu Gulf Airlines from Weifang in Chandong, to Haikou in Hainan, however the flight never took off.

Ground staff noticed coins on the ground underneath the engine while carrying out pre-flight inspections on the aircraft.

The coins had been wrapped in red paper and thrown at the engine as Wang entered the aircraft.

Local media reported that Wang was detained by local authorities.

Bizarrely, it’s not the first case of a traveling coin tosser throwing money into the engines of an aircraft.

In 2019 a passenger boarding a flight from Anqing to Kunming in China was arrested for doing the same thing, this time to an aircraft operated by Lucky Air.

And, in 2017 an elderly woman threw coins into a China Southern Airlines aircraft that was due to fly from Shanghai to Guangzhou. Her actions were spotted by a fellow passenger who alerted authorities, resulting in the flight being delayed by several hours.