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  • 11 January 2013, 13:36

Snake On A Plane Shocks Qantas Passengers

A snake clinging on to the wing of a plane was spotted by stunned passengers on a flight from Australia to Papua New Guinea.

The 9ft-long non-poisonous Amethystine python appeared about an hour into the Qantas flight between Cairns in northern Queensland and the Papua New Guinean capital of Port Moresby.

A crew member on the Bombardier Q400 plane told Australian media that the initial reaction when the reptile's presence was first reported was "you've got to be kidding".

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

The adventurous snake, which can grow as long as 28ft, was believed to have crawled onto the plane from scrubland or mangroves that surround the airport in tropical Cairns.

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

It proved to be the snake's final journey, as the animal was found dead on arrival.