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Flight delayed after woman throws coins into engine at Pudong airport

A SENIOR female passenger threw some coins into the aircraft's engine before boarding a China Southern Airlines flight, which delayed the flight for over four hours at the Pudong International Airport.

The Airbus 320 with Flight CZ380 from Pudong to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport was scheduled to take off at 12:40pm and arrive in Guangzhou at 3:05pm but was delayed for a thorough inspection on its engine.

The woman, surnamed Qiu, 80, threw some coins into the engine when she was about to board the aircraft from the apron with other passengers, police said.

Qiu had no criminal record or mental disease. Her neighbor said Qiu is a Buddhist, police said.

The passengers who already boarded were then asked to get off and mechanics had to check whether there are remaining coins in the engine.

Mechanics finished the inspection at around 4:50pm and found one coin in and eight around the engine, with a total value of 1.7 yuan.

They then confirmed the aircraft was safe to take off, the carrier added.

Some witnesses said on the Weibo microblog that Qiu claimed to throw the coins into the engine to "wish a safe flight."

The China Southern said passengers must abide by civil aviation laws and stipulations and any behavior that might endanger the flying safety are prohibited.

The incident is still under investigation.


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