DUBAI: It was a scene reminiscent of Hollywood flick Snake on a Plane, featuring Samuel Jackson and released in August 2006.
Dubai’s Emirates airline was forced to cancel its flight from Muscat to Dubai today after a snake was detected in the cargo of the plane.
SNAKE ON A PLANE: Frightening moment on an Aeromexico flight when a large snake fell from overhead mid-flight. The flight made a quick landing and animal control took the stowaway into custody. (YouTube video Courtesy ABC News)
“Emirates can confirm that flight EK0863 from Muscat to Dubai on 8 January 2017, was cancelled due to a detection of a snake in the cargo hold prior to passengers boarding,” an Emirates spokesperson said in a statement.
“Engineering and cleaning teams are working to clear the aircraft to re-enter service. We apologise for the inconvenience caused,” the Dubai carrier’s statement said.
In November 2016, a snake was found slithering through overhead luggage compartment during the flight between Mexican cities of Torreon and Mexico City. The passengers put a blanket on the snake with the help of the crew to catch the green-colored snake.