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Python on plane wing

Sydney, Jan. 11 (Reuters): Passengers on a flight from Australia to Papua New Guinea were shocked to look out their windows to find a huge snake on the plane’s wing.

The 9.1-foot 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 on Thursday.

“Halfway... passengers reported seeing a snake clinging to the wing,” a Qantas spokesman said of the snake, which is also known as a scrub python and can grow to as much as 28 feet long.

The slithery stowaway 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. The Bombardier Q400 was cleared to resume flying after it landed in Port Moresby.

The snake, unfortunately, was found dead on arrival.

 
 
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