Passenger fined for tossing coins into plane’s jet engine, causing cancellation

Source:Global Times Published: 2020/1/2 18:57:36

An airplane arrives at Lhasa Kongga International Airport in Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Photo: VCG

A court in East China's Anhui Province on Wednesday fined a passenger 120,000 yuan ($172,10) for tossing coins into an airplane's jet engine in February 2019, leading to the cancellation of the flight, according to a newly revealed document.

The passenger, who was identified by the alias Liu Qiang, was detained for ten days by police on the same day he threw two coins into the jet engine for good luck as he was boarding the aircraft. One of the coins was found in the plane's left engine. 

The Lucky Air flight from Anqing in East China's Anhui Province to Kunming in Southwest China's Yunnan Province was cancelled. His action cost the airline nearly 120,000 yuan and more than 160 passengers were also halted, Beijing Youth Daily reported. 

Liu pled guilty, saying that it was his first flight and he lacked knowledge of aircraft operations, said media reports. He tried to blame the airport because he was not informed he couldn't throw things into the jet engine. 

Liu is not the only one who has endangered aircraft. The Beijing News reported there were 10 such cases in the first half of 2019 alone. 

Global Times

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