Bad weather and crowded skies are typically the reasons given by Chinese airlines for delays, but a woman with a pocketful of change is being blamed for grounding a flight for more than five hours.
China’s airlines have the worst on-time record in the world, but the delay of a China Southern flight from Shanghai was completely out of their control. Airline officials say an elderly woman was boarding the plane when she tossed a handful of coins at the jet’s engine. She said she’d intended to bring the flight and all of its passengers good luck for a safe trip. But one of the nine coins she threw landed inside the engine, and mechanics worked for hours to ensure that no damage was done.
The woman was detained by police for a short time but eventually let go without any charges.