Ground staff said the woman which had limited mobility, was accompanied by her husband, daughter and son-in-law. The metal, if sucked up by the engine, could have caused serious damage, including failure. Nearly 150 passengers had to be escorted off the aircraft. The maintenance workers had to do a full exam of the plane’s engine. The elderly woman Qiu was believing in Buddhism.
Maintenance crew inspecting the engine
“China Southern Airlines said in a statement: ‘A senior passenger threw coins to the plane’s engine and delayed the flight. The passenger involved has been taken away by police.” The plane was boarding again after five hours on Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Passengers were reminded to comply with civil aviation laws and regulations, which prohibit behavior that could jeopardize the safety of the flight. On a list of strange and crazy things made by passengers on aircrafts this story will be probably at the top. Mainland air travelers in the last years produced various incidents including opening emergency doors and assaulting cabin crew.