An Australian pilot could have used Samuel L. Jackson’s snake-fighting prowess when a slithery creature poked its head out from behind his dashboard forcing him to make an emergency landing, the AP reports. 20-six-year-old Braden Blennerhassett was on a solo flight from Darwin airport when the snake made a special appearance about 10 minutes after takeoff, Nine Network News reports.
Blennerhassett told Nine News that the snake began crawling down his leg, which elevated his heart rate.
According to the AP, the frightened pilot radioed air traffic control saying, “I’m going to have to return to Darwin. I’ve got a snake on board the plane.”
After the plane touched down, a firefighter found a snake and a tree frog, Nine News writes.
Unfortunately, the snake slipped away before a park ranger was able to catch it and the plane remained grounded.
The snake is believed to be a non-venomous golden tree snake. (Wikipedia tells us this species of snake is more commonly known as the “flying snake.” Just saying.)
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