Snake hitches ride on airplane wing
Updated On: Jan 12 2013 05:28:21 PM CST
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.