An 80-year-old woman was just trying to ensure that her two-and-a-half hour flight from China’s Shanghai to Guangzhou would go smoothly.
Instead, she caused the evacuation of 150 of her fellow passengers and a five-hour delay after she threw a handful of coins at the aircraft for “good luck,” CNN reports.
Unluckily for the woman, named only by her surname, Qiu, one of the coins she threw while walking across the tarmac towards the plane landed inside the engine of the Airbus A320.
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) June 27, 2017
Fellow passengers reported the woman’s behaviour to officials and a thorough search found one coin inside the plane’s engine—with another eight scattered on the ground.
According to the Xinmin Evening News, passengers were, in fact, lucky to have spotted the woman’s actions before the plane took off.
“If nobody had reported someone throwing coins into the engine, the consequences could have been unthinkable,” a senior flight mechanic told the publication.
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) June 28, 2017