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Python on Plane Wing: Discovered on Australian Qantas Flight

Travelers Today       By    Lena Vazifdar

Updated: Jan 11, 2013 12:43 PM EST

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A huge snake was found on the wing of a plane going from Australia to Papua New Guinea. Passengers were shocked to find a huge python when they looked out the plane window. Reuters reported that the non-poisonous Amethystine python was three meters long. It appeared about an hour into the flight that was flown by Qantas going between Cairns which is located in northern Queensland and Port Moresby in Papa New Guinea on Thursday.

The snake is also know as a scrub python, reported Reuters. It can grow to be as big as 8.5 meters or 28 ft long.

"Halfway to Papua New Guinea passengers reported seeing a snake clinging to the wing," a Qantas spokesman said to Reuters.

It is believed that the snake had gotten on the plane from mangroves or scrubland that surround the airport in Cairns.

"Qantas said there was no impact on the safe operation of the aircraft due to the snake's presence. The Bombardier Q400 was cleared to resume flying after it landed in Port Moresby."

The snake on the other hand was found dead.

This isn't the first time a snake was found on a plane. Back in October 2012 NBC News reported that The Scotsman newspaper in Edinburgh reported that when cabin crew were checking into a flight that had just flew in from Cancun Mexico they found a plane.

The Scotsman reported that an 18-inch snake was found under a row of passenger seats. The crew called an animal welfare charity to bring in the snake. The BBC reported Billy Linton, who is an inspector with the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said about the staff at the airport that they "remained remarkably clam."

 

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