A Chinese man flying for the first time paid a fine after throwing “lucky coins” into the plane’s engine.
The 28-year-old man paid a fine amounting 120,000 yuan (US$17,200) in damages to budget carrier Lucky Air for throwing coins at the plane for a safe journey.
Lu Chao, the first-time flier, admitted he threw the coins as he boarded the plane. He was flying from Anqing to Kunming, Yunnan province.
Immediately after the incident, the flight was cancelled after airline staff found two 1-yuan coins on the ground near one of the plane’s engines.
Meanwhile, passengers in the plane had to leave while the airline was conducting safety checks.
Later on, Lucky Air had to arrange accommodation for stranded passengers and replacement flights. Its incurring losses was about 123,000 yuan.
Meanwhile, authorities detained Mr. Lu for 10 days facing charges of disturbing public order.
During the hearing, Mr. Lu, represented by his brother in the court, argued that the plane’s maintenance costs were too high. It should have announced earlier the incident before all passengers boarded, the report says.
“Regardless of size, any pieces of metal [that] fell into the engines would damage its turbine blades at high-speed rotation,” Zhang Qihuai, a legal expert in China’s aviation industry, told Beijing Youth Daily.
There is a belief in China that throwing “lucky coins” at planes brings blessings to family. They can also overcome any challenges in life.
Nevertheless, it is illegal in the country. It is a disturbance under public security management laws. Violators face up to 10 days of detention and a 500 yuan fine.