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Python’s Flying Circus Peps Up Routine Flight

Snake Hitches a Ride to New Guinea

PASSENGERS ON A QANTAS AIRLINE flight from Cairns, Queensland Australia, to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea were kept entertained during the 1-hr., 50-minute ride by a stowaway snake.  Not just a snake, though.  It was a 10 ft.-long scrub python that had sneaked into the void in the left wing.

Sydney Morning Herald / Weber

The Daily Telegraph reported:

"Halfway to Papua New Guinea, passengers reported seeing a snake clinging to the wing," a Qantas spokesman said.  A crew member told Australian media that the initial reaction when the python's presence was first reported was "you've got to be kidding".

The stowaway was believed to have crawled onto the plane from scrubland or mangroves that surround the airport in tropical Cairns.

Amethystine pythons, which are non-poisonous, are also known as scrub pythons and can grow to as long as 28ft. It was found dead on arrival.

No doubt a victim of the sub-freezing temperature.

Fairfax Media posted this video report for all to see:


The Sydney Morning Herald reported:

Mr Weber said initially the snake was tucked away ''quite neatly'' but then the wind caught the last 30 centimetres of its tail, ''pulling him straight out."

He said that from that moment, everyone watched on as the trip became an ultimately futile ''life and death struggle for the snake''.

''I felt quite sad for it, really. For the remainder of the flight, he was trying to pull himself back into the plane, even though he was fighting against 400km/h winds. The cabin crew told us that at cruising altitude, it was minus 12 degrees (C.) outside – but not even that was able to finish him.''

Mr Weber, who videoed the ultimately futile struggle, said both pilots took it in turns to visit the rear of the plane and watch as, several times, the snake hauled itself to safety, only to be dragged out again. As it slowly lost its grip, the wind repeatedly whipped it against the side of the plane, spraying blood across the engine.

''At that point, the pilot turned to us and said: 'He should be dead'. Yet even on descent, the snake was fighting to find safety. ''Until we landed, I looked out the window and the thing was still moving.'' The snake later died and was removed from the plane by ground staff.

Read the entire STORY HERE.

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