Thursday, April 5, 2012
Snake Aboard Plane Had No Valid Ticket
Snake on a plane compels Aussie pilot to turn back
Apr 04 2012 May not be the actual snake
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An airline executive says a pilot on a cargo run found a snake loose in his light plane and turned back to his north Australian base.
In a scene reminiscent of the 2006 movie "Snakes on a Plane," pilot Braden Blennerhassett saw the snake's head pop out from under the dashboard of his twin-engine Beechcraft Baron G58 shortly after takeoff from Darwin airport on Tuesday.
Air Frontier director Geoff Hunt said Thursday that his employee was a "cool character" who told air traffic control: "I'm going to have to return to Darwin. I've got a snake on board the plane."
The reptile quickly slithered away. A snake handler was later unable to find the snake, which might have escaped after the plane landed. The snake's species is not known.
Then again it might be lurking on board waiting for a chance to strike.