China Southern Flight is Delayed After a Passenger Threw Coins Into the Engine

by Anthony Losanno
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China Southern Airlines flight CZ8805 was delayed by more than four hours yesterday after a passenger threw coins into the engine. The flight from Sanya Phoenix International Airport (SYX) to Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) ended up leaving several hours later, but not until the offending passenger was arrested.

The passenger who allegedly threw the coins into the engine reportedly did so for good luck. The coins were noticed when the staff were conducting pre-flight safety checks. According to China Southern Airlines:

The aircraft maintenance staff conducted a comprehensive safety inspection and determined that there were no safety issues before takeoff.”

China Southern Airlines issued a warning against “uncivilized behaviors” on Chinese social media. It further stated, “throwing coins at the plane pose a threat to aviation safety and will result in different levels of punishment.”

China Southern Airlines

Surprisingly, this is not the first time that an incident like this has occurred. CNN reports that last October, a China Southern Airlines flight was delayed in Guangdong Province after a passenger threw coins towards the plane. In 2021, a GX Airlines flight between Weifang Airport (WEF) and Haikou Meilan International Airport (HAK) was canceled when coins wrapped in red paper were found below the plane. In these incidents, the individuals throwing the coins believed they were doing so for good luck. Had these not been discovered these could have led to severe issues with the aircraft.

Anthony’s Take: It’s never a good idea to throw anything into the engine of a plane. This will not bring good luck, but can bring disaster.

(Image Credits: Tianlei Wu and Scarbor Siu.)

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1 comment

Jian Tang March 9, 2024 - 7:04 pm

“UNSURPRISINGLY, this is not the first time that an incident like this has occurred.”

There, fixed it for you. And before anyone jumps down my throat, I say this as an Asian who constantly has to fight their elders doing stupid things in the name of “culture” – i.e., stupidly believing in myths – that either are embarrsssing or downright dangerous.


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