This 3m python flew from Cairns, Australia, to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, attached to the wing of a Qantas passenger aeroplane. Sadly, the poor snake didn’t survive the trip, which lasted about 90 minutes. Warning: the video is hard to watch. Viewer discretion is advised.
One of the passengers noticed the python violently shaking on the left wing about 10 minutes after takeoff, warning one of the crew members. The flight attendant answer: “you gotta be kidding.” But she wasn’t.
According to Qantas spokesperson Thomas Woodward, “the snake was seen by passengers while the aircraft was cruising. The most likely scenario is that the snake had taken refuge on the exterior of the aircraft overnight.”
The Amethystine python didn’t survive the hard trip, killed by the combination of the 400km/h wind and -12C temperatures. When the plane arrived at its destination, the snake was still hanging from the wing, already dead. The passengers were horrified, saying that they “watched the poor thing die”.
The plane didn’t suffer any damage, landing safely at Port Moresby. The dead python was retrieved, engineers inspected the wing, and the Bombardier Q400 was subsequently cleared for flight.