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‘Snakes on a Plane’ happens in real life as pilot tells air traffic control ‘I’ve got snakes on a plane’

By Daniel S Levine,

Snakes on a Plane is one of the most ridiculous, unbelievable films in recent memory and features a plot that many might assume could never happen in real life. That is, until Tuesday, when an Australian pilot landed his plane, telling air traffic control that he actually felt a snake on his leg and had to perform an emergency landing.

According to MSNBC, 26-year-old Braden Blennerhassett was stunned when he saw the snake and landed his plane, which was flying from Darwin to the small town of Peppimenarti.

Australia’s ABC News reported that Blennerhassett saw the snake coming out of the dashboard just 20 minutes after he took off. He probably saw the 2006 film because he laughed as he told ABC News that he said to air traffic control, “look, you're not going to believe this. I've got snakes on a plane.”

Air Frontier director Geoffrey Hunt, though, was deadly serious about the incident, saying that, “I have heard of crocodiles being loose in planes but not snakes.”

The pilot also spoke to Nine News, saying that “My blood pressure and heart rate was a bit elevated — it was an interesting experience.” He also said that it was “frightening” to feel the snake moving on his leg as he landed.

The snake is apparently still missing. "The airplane is in for maintenance at the moment, so it will be pulled apart and the snake will be found," Blennerhassett told Nine.

Ranger Sally Heaton told Nine that it was a non-poisonous golden tree snake and that a frog, which was also found onboard, might have forced the snake onto the plane.

Thankfully for Blennerhassett, the snake wasn’t venomous and didn’t attack passengers, otherwise Samuel L. Jackson might have been needed.

 
 

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