Coins thrown into plane engine by elderly passenger for ‘luck’
Police were called to Shanghai Pudong International Airport after a report of some odd behaviour
A superstitious [‚suːpə(r)stɪʃəs] adj. 迷信的; 迷信引起的 elderly passenger delayed a flight in Shanghai after throwing coins at the engine for good luck, a Chinese airline has confirmed.
The 80-year-old woman threw her change at the China Southern Airlines flight as she crossed the tarmac [‘tɑrmæk /’tɑː-] n. 停机坪; 柏油路 to board.
She told police she launched [lɔːntʃ] v. 投掷 the coins as she “prayed for safety” on Tuesday.
Of the nine coins launched, only one hit its intended [ɪn’tendɪd] adj. 有意的, 已订婚的, 故意的 target [‘tɑrgɪt /’tɑː-] n. 目标, 指标, 靶子– but this was enough to force the evacuation [ɪ‚vækjʊ’eɪʃn] n. 撤空; 撤退; 撤离; 疏散 of 150 passengers for several hours.
Police were called to Shanghai Pudong International Airport after a passenger noticed the woman’s bizarre [bɪ’zɑː] adj. 奇异的, 异乎寻常的, 极不协调的 behaviour, apparently aimed at ensuring a safe flight, and alerted authorites [ɔː’θɒrətɪ] n. 专家, 权威, 威信.
The woman, who was travelling with her husband, daughter and son-in-law, was then taken away for questioning by officers.
Police later shared their findings, which amounted [ə’maʊnt] v. 总计; 等于 to a single coin with the value of about 1.7 yuan.
“After an investigation [ɪn‚vestɪ’geɪʃn] n. 调查; 研究 the involved passenger, surnamed Qiu, said she threw the coins to pray for safety. According to Qiu’s neighbour, Qiu believes in Buddhism [ ‘bʊdɪzm] n. 佛教 ,” the police said.
The flight was eventually given the all-clear and took off at 17:52 local time (09:52 GMT), more than five hours late.
News of the incident caused a fair amount of turbulence [‘tɜrbjələns /-bjʊl-] n. 喧嚣, 骚乱, 狂暴 on the social media site Weibo, with one user commenting: “Grandma, this is not a wish
fountain [‘faʊntn /-tɪn] n. 泉水; 喷泉 with turtles.” China Southern Airlines later urged [ɜrdʒ /ɜːdʒ] v. 催促, 力劝; 强烈要求 passengers to comply [kəm’plaɪ] v. 顺从; 遵守; 答应 with civil aviation [‚eɪvɪ’eɪʃn] n. 飞行, 航空 laws and regulations and avoid behaviour that could prove detrimental [‚detrɪ’mentl] adj. 有害的 to the safety of passengers travelling on its flights.