By Kelsey Cheng For Mailonline
Published: 09:45 BST, 16 April 2019 | Updated: 09:54 BST, 16 April 2019
A female passenger has been detained by police for throwing six coins at a plane for good luck before take-off in China.
The 66-year-old woman was removed from the Tianjin Airlines flight after admitting to tossing the coins as she was boarding the plane at Hohhot Baita International Airport in Inner Mongolia on Tuesday, according to a statement from the airline.
All 100 passengers on flight GS6681 departing for Chifeng city were assigned onto a replacement aircraft and the plane took off following a two-hour delay.
The 66-year-old female passenger was removed from the Tianjin Airlines flight (file photo above) after admitting to tossing the coins as she was boarding the plane at Hohhot Baita International Airport in Inner Mongolia on Tuesday. She has been detained by police
A crew member alerted security at about 7:50am after seeing the woman tossing the coins from the airstairs, Tianjin Airlines said in a statement on Tuesday.
Staff were deployed to search for the change and six 1 jiao coins were located near the aircraft on the tarmac, an airline spokesperson told MailOnline.
The woman, identified by her surname Yang, later told police that she had thrown the coins to pray for a safe flight.
She had been detained by police and could face further punishment from airline authorities, the statement added.
A crew member