Python on plane wing found dead on arrival; queue the "Snakes on a Plane" jokes.
Passengers on a Quantas flight from Cairns, Queensland to Papua New Guinea were surprised to discover a stowaway clinging to the wing of their airplane. It took half the flight before people first noticed the scrub python when they looked out the window at the rear of the plane. By the time the plane landed in Port Moresby, the nine-foot-long snake was already deceased, according to a Jan. 11, 2013 report by The Christian Post, but passengers aboard the strange flight have an extremely strange travel story to tell.
The Quantas flight landed safely at its destination with the python on the plane wing. The non-paying passenger did not cause any mechanical difficulties. Surprisingly, the passengers weren't thrown into a panic by the sight of the non-poisonous snake on a plane.
There are a few uncertain details about the python on a plane wing. Some accounts place the reptile's length as long as 12 feet and claim it was still alive when the airplane landed. The Daily Mail described the conditions the reptile battled in the skies above Australia, "The snake fought to find some shelter from the 300mph wind as temperatures dropped to as low as -12C°."