Snakes on a plane force an Australian pilot to make an emergency landing.
On Tuesday, shortly after taking off, charter pilot Braden Blennerhassett who was making a flight to drop off cargo safely landed his aircraft upon alerting air-traffic control that there were snakes aboard.
“Look, you’re not going to believe this,” the pilot stated during the emergency call. “I’ve got snakes on a plane.”
Shortly after taking off, he apparently spotted a snake on the cockpit floor of his plane, which caused him to land right back where he came from in Darwin.
“Sure enough, out of the corner of my eye, I see a little bit of movement there,” Blennerhassett told Australia’s ABC News. “Lo and behold, in between the instrument panel and the dashboard, a stow away came on board, and it took me a while to register that it was actually a snake.”
Then the snake chose to become even more friendly, “My blood pressure and heart rate was a bit elevated,” Blennerhassett added in an interview with Nine News. “As the plane was landing the snake was crawling down my leg, which was frightening.”
Upon landing safely, a firefighter and Blennerhassett retrieved a tree frog from the aircraft. Ranger Sally Heaton, stated that the snake was likely a golden tree snake and “may have been enticed onto the plane by the frog.”
After landing the snake was no where to be found, they figured that it most likely escaped after the plane set down in Darwin.