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Python hitches a ride on Qantas jet

January 11, 2013, 9:35 am Chris Ashton Yahoo!7

Passengers on a Qantas jet flying over Australia got a shock when they spotted a 3m python clinging on to a wing at 30,000ft.

Python hitches a ride on Qantas jet

You're flying at 25,000ft, enjoying a nice glass of orange juice, when you look to your left and see a 3m python hanging on to the wing for dear life.

It's enough to make you spit out your drink.

That's exactly what happened on a Qantas jet flying from Cairns to Port Moresby on Thursday morning. The plane was around 20 minutes into the flight when a female passenger noticed the poor reptile, believed to be a scrub python, battling to survive in the sub zero temperatures.

Photo: Robert Weber -

Passenger Robert Weber told Fairfax that people at the rear of the plane were totally focused on the snake, and couldn’t believe how it had got into its precarious position.

''I felt quite sad for it, really. For the remainder of the flight, he was trying to pull himself back into the plane, even though he was fighting against 400km/h winds," he said.

There was nothing anyone could do for the poor creature, which was being whipped against the engine from the strong winds, creating a blood trail on the plane.

The python was dead on arrival when QF191 touched down at Port Moresby just before 8am.

A Qantas spokesperson said the snake must have taken refuge on the outside of the aircraft at Cairns Airport overnight before takeoff.

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  1. David04:16am Tuesday 15th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    We are worried about one snake when we kill thousands of our own babies in their mother's wombs (abortions).

  2. nick12:20pm Monday 14th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    i mean its just one snake....what about the fact that humans intentionally kill a wide variety of animals every year to the point that some of the coolest animals we have are endangered? and u guys are mad about 1 snake?

  3. ratbag03:46pm Saturday 12th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Would of had to been on the plane for a while before take off or was it one they lost in trans

  4. samuel11:20am Saturday 12th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    dont fight on internet beautifull ladies

  5. Teena06:32pm Friday 11th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    We are all entitled to our personal opinion so to all you morons who attacked me cos of my comment #$%$ you, its my opinion, no need for personal insults.

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  6. Teena06:26pm Friday 11th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Reptiles are animals you moron

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  7. Phil and Libby06:15pm Friday 11th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Qantas Jet!!! Idiots!!!!!

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  8. greg06:13pm Friday 11th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Mate you can see it in between the elevator and the cabin in the photos how else do you explain them being in two different angles in the two different pictures in relation to the flying kangaroo logo?

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  9. Rinjani03:19pm Friday 11th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    It is sad story. However, it is also over reacting for sensation. How about children dying by nuclear bombs that really meant to kill them? How are you going to do when the snake is under your bed? Please do NOT over reacting for sensation.

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  10. Scotty03:16pm Friday 11th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I can see by these comments that there must be a hell of a lot of totally bored people out there to sit and write such utter #$%$ Find a life guys.