There are many bizarre ‘good luck practices’ these days, and you have probably heard ‘break a leg.’ But there is also another tradition that requires you to throw coins and make a wish.
Most of us know that when making a wish using coins, we throw spare change into a fountain, lake or river.
But one guy threw two coins into a Lucky Air plane… and the result? The aircraft was grounded and their flight was canceled.
It was on February 17 when a 28-year-old man traveling with his wife and baby threw two coins at the aircraft. He is now being sued by the airline.
Flight 8L9960 from Anqing, Anhui province to Kunming, Yunnan was grounded and canceled, according to the MailOnline. It affected 162 passengers and cost the airline almost $21,000 (140,000 yuan).
All 162 passengers had to wait until the next day to get to their destination.
The Chinese man, identified by his surname Lu, said he chucked the coins while boarding on the plane as he was hoping for a safe flight.
When it comes to hoping for a safe journey, some people give the plane a tap as they pass through the door, pray silently, or be nice to the cabin crew. But Lu got detained by authorities for one week after the coins were discovered on the ground near the engine during the pre-flight check.
Lucky Air said in a statement: “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.”
Ouyang Jie, a professor at the Civil Aviation University of China, said to China Daily: “The engine could tremble, lose speed and even stop in mid-air if a coin were sucked into its core. That would put all the passengers on board at great risk.”
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