Python on plane wing caught on camera by passengers during Qantas Airways flight from Australia (Video)

By on Jan 11, 2013 in Animals, Australia, Weird Comments

A three-meter python on a plane’s wing was spotted by some of the passengers of Qantas Airways this Thursday, January 10, 2013, as shown in the video below. Apparently, the passengers of the nearly two-hour flight, from Australia to Papua New Guinea, could not do anything but to take photos and video of the poor snake.

Python on plane wing

Python on plane wing during Qantas Airways flight
Image Credit: Robert Weber video

As noted in Australian news sites that day, Qantas Airways QF191 passengers said that they noticed the python on the wing of the plane around 10 minutes after it left Cairns. A woman initially saw the snake’s head thru the plane’s window, with its body being stuck as it tries to enter the plane.

“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 woman was quoted as saying in the report of Sydney Morning Herald. She told the cabin crew about it and they went to see the reptile, as it struggles with the strong wind.

Robert Weber, a website designer in Cairns and is among the plane passengers, captured the agonizing moment of the snake on video and shared it to local media. He told Sydney Morning Herald that passengers in front were not aware of the python but those at the back were so conscious on what was going on.

“There was no panic. At no time did anyone stop to consider that there might be others on board. 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.” Weber told the paper.

“The cabin crew told us that at cruising altitude, it was minus 12 degrees outside – but not even that was able to finish him. Until we landed, I looked out the window and the thing was still moving.” Weber added, noting that both pilots took turns to watch the python, which died shortly after they arrived on their destination.

“The most likely scenario is that the snake had taken refuge on the exterior of the aircraft overnight.” Qantas Airways spokesperson Thomas Woodward told the Star, adding that the incident did not affect the flight, and that the pilot made the right decision when he continued the flight instead of returning back to Cairns.


Report of python on plane wing of Qantas Airways flight from Australia
Video Credit: flatbeat101/YouTube/Robert Weber/FairFax Media



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