This 3m-long python flew from Cairns, Australia, to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, attached to the wing of a Qantas’ passenger airplane. Sadly, the poor snake didn’t survive the trip, which lasted about 90 minutes. Warning: the video is hard to watch. Viewer discretion is advised.
One of the passengers noticed the python violently shaking on the left wing about ten minutes after takeoff. The crew member who got the warning from the passenger was like, “you’ve got to be kidding.” According to Qantas spokesperson Thomas Woodward, “the snake was seen by passengers while the aircraft was cruising. The most likely scenario is that the snake had taken refuge on the exterior of the aircraft overnight.”
The snake — an Amethystine python — didn’t survive the hard trip, killed either by the 248mph wind (400km/h) or the temperature of 10.4F (-12C). When they arrived it was still hanging from the wing, dead.
The plane didn’t suffer any damage, landing safely at Port Moresby. After they retired the body, and engineers inspected the wing, the Bombardier Q400 was cleared for flight.