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Man Throws Coins Into Plane Engine For ‘Good Luck’ Before Flight

Man Throws Coins Into Plane Engine For ‘Good Luck’ Before Flight

The flight was cancelled for safety reasons and nearly 150 passengers were told to come back the next day.

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie

A man in China has caused a flight to be cancelled after allegedly chucking coins into the plane's engine before takeoff.

The man, known only by his last name of Wang, reportedly did the deed for 'good luck' in the hope his flight would leave and arrive without a hitch.

It doesn't take a genius to realise this was a bad, bad idea.

While loads of people around the world will chuck spare change into things like fountains, it's not the best to throw coins (whether metal or plastic) into the part of the plane that actually puts you in the air.

Mr Wang was boarding the plane in Weifang, in the central Shandong province in China, and was hoping to land in Haikou, in the Chinese province of Hainan.


Staff became suspicious about the Beibu Gulf Airlines flight GX8814 when they discovered some coins on the ground during the pre-takeoff inspection.

Mr Wang wrapped the coins in red paper and chucked them towards the engine when no one was looking to 'pray for blessings'.

Thankfully for everyone on board, staff found all the coins belonging to the passenger before the plane fired up its engines. Despite discovering all the castaway metal, the airline decided to cancel the flight for safety reasons.

That meant Mr Wang and the other 147 passengers and staff had to wait until the next day to make the journey. You can imagine how annoyed you'd be if you were in a hurry to get to Haikou.

Local media reports the coin-throwing passenger was detained by police for his act of blessings.

While you might be shocked at the idea of people tossing coins into plane engines, this isn't an isolated incident.

There have been a whole host of occasions where people have thrown money into the crucial part of the aircraft and nearly it's always for good luck. Iconic, huh?

A Lucky Air plane on a runway.
Facebook/Lucky Air

Back in 2019, a Chinese man was sued by Lucky Air because he lobbed two coins at a plane while travelling with his wife and one-year-old child.

According to the MailOnline, flight 8L9960 from Anqing, Anhui province to Kunming, Yunnan was grounded for security reasons and eventually cancelled, affecting 162 passengers and costing the airline nearly 140,000 yuan (£15,533/$21,596).

The 28-year-old man, identified by his surname Lu, admitted to chucking the coins while boarding on the tarmac as he was hoping for a safe journey.

Mr Lu ended up getting detained by authorities for a week after the coins were found on the ground near the engine as the pre-flight check took place.

Featured Image Credit: Beibu Gulf Airlines/Weibo

Topics: News, Fail, Weird