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Snake hitches ride on airplane wing

Published On: Jan 30 2013 02:45:59 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 12 2013 05:28:21 PM CST
Snake on a plane

Fairfax Media

Passengers on a Qantas jet flying over Australia were surprised to look out their windows and see an unexpected travel companion. 20 minutes into a flight from Cairns, Australia, to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, a woman noticed that a reptile was tucked under the wing of the plane, reported the Sydney Morning Herald.

The snake was curled up in a ball initially, but as the flight continued, the wind began to pull the snake straight out of is nook, leaving it to flap in the air for the entire 1 hour, 50-minute flight.

An expert later identified the snake as a 10-foot long scrub python, Australia's longest species of snake.

A Qantas representative stated that while people were shocked, there was no panic among the passengers. Most people were concerned for the well-being of the snake as they watched it struggle to hold onto the plane. Ultimately, the snake did not survive the flight.


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