Snake on a Qantas plane.

Mozo

Monday 14 January 2013

The real life drama of a snake on a plane recently unfolded on a Qantas flight from Cairns to Port Moresby, when a 10ft python was spotted clinging to the aircraft's wing, reminding travellers without travel insurance that absolutely anything can happen on their trip.

Snake threat reminds about the importance of travel insurance

"There's a snake on the wing" a passenger told flight crew on board the Qantas Bombardier 400 bound for Papua New Guinea from Cairns, last Thursday. At first other passengers on the flight laughed off the woman's claims but experts who viewed one passenger's video have confirmed that it was a 10ft python seen clinging to the wing of the aircraft, according to the New York Daily News.

The snake had hung on to the planes wing from take off and managed to cling on for the entire duration of the flight but unfortunately, was found dead on arrival in Port Moresby.

"I felt quite sad for it, really," said Robert Weber, who captured the drama on video. "For the remainder of the flight, he was trying to pull himself back into the plane." Despite even the pilot saying the creature should be dead, fighting against 250mph winds, cold air temperatures and losing blood from being thrashed against the side of the aircraft, it was seen moving right up until the plane landed.

Although there was no danger present to passengers on board the flight, the incident comes as a sharp reminder that the unexpected often does happen when travelling and Australians should cover themselves by having the best travel insurance available for their trip.

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