A Lucky Air flight was delayed for hours in Anqing, in eastern China's Anhui province, on Wednesday.
It wasn’t due to weather or mechanical errors, but rather because a passenger tossed a few coins directly into the plane’s engine for good luck.
According to Channel News Asia, fellow passengers boarding the Lucky Air flight were the first to notice the elderly woman’s pre-flight ritual, and reported it crew members onboard. Upon inspection, crew members found a number of coins lying on the tarmac next to the plane’s engines.
The 76-year-old woman was taken into custody after the coins were found, transport police told Channel News Asia. It was not reported whether the woman would face charges for her actions.
Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time a person has been taken into custody for throwing coins into a plane’s engine. As CNN reported, an 80-year-old woman was also taken into custody in China in June for the same action.
“The passenger, surnamed Qiu, who has no prior criminal record or mental health issues, claimed she tossed coins as a prayer for a safe flight,” Shanghai Police said in a statement at the time.
Channel News Asia reported that that woman was spared any prosecution due to her advanced age.