According to BBC News, the 80-year-old woman threw the coins into the engine as she crossed the tarmac, “praying for safety” as she entered the cabin.
Witnesses note that the elderly woman asked for blessings while being escorted into the plane by her husband, daughter, and son-in-law. They notified employees, who then called for the plane to be delayed as they retrieved the handful of change from the engine.
“A senior passenger threw coins to the plane’s engine and delayed the flight. The passenger involved has been taken away by police,” China Southern Airlines stated on their Weibo page.
“In order to make sure the flight is safe, China Southern maintenance has conducted a full exam of the plane’s engine.”
The plane was eventually cleared for takeoff five hours later. It arrived safely in Guangzhou.
China Southern Airlines would like to remind all passengers to comply with civil aviation laws and regulations to prevent dangerous incidences.
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