A snake forced a pilot in Australia to call mayday and return to the airport, when it appeared from behind the dashboard to slither around his legs, in a scene that could have come out of Hollywood’s 2006 thriller Snakes on a Plane.
Twenty minutes into a solo cargo flight of Air Frontier from Darwin, in northern Australia, to a remote outpost in the country on Tuesday, pilot Braden Blennerhassett, noticed the snake peering between his instrument panel and the dashboard of the twin-engine Beechcraft Baron G-58 he was flying.
Blennerhasett told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the ground crew hardly believed him when he radioed in to say he was returning because of a snake on the plane, but once he called for a snake handler to meet them on the ground, he was taken seriously.
The planed landed safely while the snake crawled around Blennerhasett’s leg. According to the Guardian, a firefighter came on board shortly after the landing and spotted the snake but no one had been able to catch it by Thursday, so the plane was kept grounded.
Thursday, April 5, 2012