Video of a 12-foot python on the wing of Qantas flight over Australia has gone viral Friday and drew plenty of “Snakes on a Plane” jokes on Twitter.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, QF191 was about 20 minutes into it’s morning flight to Papa New Guinea when a woman told the cabin crew “there’s a snake on the wing. There’s its head and if you look closely you can see a fraction of its body.”
The snake, believed to be a scrub python, which is common in north Queensland, appeared to be wedged in between the wing and the propeller engine.
Passengers said no one on the flight panicked, despite the obvious parallel to the 2006 Samuel L. Jackson movie in which a nest of vipers causes death and destruction on a jet.
“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 outside – but not even that was able to finish him,” passenger Robert Weber said.
One passenger recorded video of the snake on a cell phone.
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The snake eventually died and was removed by ground crews when the plane landed.
The president of the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association, Paul Cousins, told the newspaper the snake likely crawled up the landing gear, into the engine and then into the trailing ledge flap assembly.
The snake could have been comfortable there, but after the plane took off, the flaps moved back and the snake was probably shaken and caught by the wind.
Cousins said it would not have been possible for the snake to reach the cabin.