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Airline indictment after the passenger throws a coin into the aircraft engine for ‘happiness’

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A Chinese airline is allegedly pressing against a passenger who threw the coins in an airplane engine for a recent flight for “good luck”. The man’s actions allegedly caused about $21,000 in damage and delayed travel plans for 160-plus passengers, who were forced to wait until the next day to fly out.

Officials in Anqing Tianzhushan Airport were shocked to find the two one yuan coins on the ground near the left engine of a Happy airplane, TravelPulse reports. As noted in The Points Guy, small coins can lead to significant damage or the total of the motor if they are sucked into a plane engine.

A 28-year-old man admitted to throwing the money on the plane of the engine as he boarded the plane for the flight 8L9960, according to the South China Morning Post.
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The belgian aviation site Aviation24.be has since shared on Twitter a picture allegedly of the Feb. 17 incident.

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Soon after the officers saw the coins, a 28-year-old man, who only by his name, Lu, admitted to throwing them on the plane engine as he boarded the plane for the flight 8L9960, according to the South China Morning Post. According to the outlet, Lu threw the money on the plane for “happiness.”

The flight was soon canceled over security concerns, costs the airline almost $21,000 and the force of the 162 other passengers to wait until the next day to leave for their destination in Kunming.

Meanwhile, Lu, who was traveling with his wife and child, is said to have been held for seven days in relation to the offence, TravelPulse reports.

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“The incident caused a direct economic loss of nearly 140,000 yuan, and our company will press charges against the passenger in accordance with the law,” reps for Lucky Air said in February. 22 statement, according to the outlet. “Not only is the throwing of coins not give you happiness will be the danger for the safety in aviation and land you in detention. You can be fined or prosecuted.”

Representatives of the carrier does not immediately return Fox News’ request for additional comment on the story.

Some religions acknowledge the ritual of the throwing of coins as the practice of “luck”, as determined by The Independent.

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In June 2017, a China Southern Airlines passenger grounded her flight in Shanghai for five hours, also for throwing a coin into the aircraft engine for good luck.

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