Building huge jets is a precise science, and requires no more precision than an engine. A spinning system of extreme temperatures and pressures, in which turbine blades are built to withstand incredible conditions – but foreign objects like large birds passing through the engine can cause accidents. So maybe a coin like small metal objects, for example – the coins probably told you before you stuck your whole life on them that they drove you about 10,670 meters (35,000 feet) in the sky.
One person reportedly missed this snippet of advice and decided to board his flight from Weifang, China, and throw six small coins, finely wrapped in red paper, into the engine of an aircraft waiting for “good luck”. Mr. Wang, who was expecting a smooth takeoff and a journey to his haiku destination, was looking for blessings and unknowingly threw a few hands at the engine, sabotaging the entire plane.
Guangxi Beibu Gulf Airlines recently revealed this information in a post to Weibo. In a test of pre-flight pre-flight checks before takeoff, scene officials took a precaution by noticing a small collection of coins under the engine. Shortly afterwards, Wang admits the coins to the inside and the flight is canceled. Unfortunately for the 148 passengers, when Wang was detained by police, they were forced to wait until the next morning to make their way.
Somewhat surprisingly, this is probably not the first time that coins have been thrown into an aircraft engine. In February 2019, Lu Chao, 28, was forced to pay $17,200 (£13,100) after throwing coins at a jet engine for good luck. The court heard that airlines should not throw coins at aircraft engines and should clearly state that there is a lack of caution, as clearly common sense is not enough. “You must comply with the rules of civil aviation when traveling by air,” translates the conclusion of the airline’s Weibo post. “To ensure the safety of the aircraft, please leave it to us.”