'Snakes on a Plane' comes true for Australian pilot
“That is it! I’m am tired of these [bleep-bloop] snakes on this [bleep-bloop] plane!”
Now, is that a line from a crazy-amazing (emphasis on the crazy) 2006 Samuel L. Jackson movie, or the internal dialogue of an Australian pilot forced to make an emergency landing this week? Yes, my friends, nearly six years after Hollywood found a movie title so ridiculous it demanded to be made, the cinematic tour de force known as Snakes on a Plane came to life Tuesday.
According to Australia’s ABC News, Air Frontier pilot Braden Blennerhassett had an unaccounted-for passenger during a routine flight out of Darwin two days ago. Twenty minutes into the route, a slithering stowaway made its way out of the plane’s dashboard. Blennerhassett kept his wits about him, telling air controllers, “You’re not going to believe this. I’ve got snakes on a plane.” He turned the plane around and made a speedy return, negotiating a safe landing even as the reptile slid down his leg.
Once the plane was on the ground, a firefighter called to the scene also discovered a less terrifying green tree frog on board. By the time an animal control worker arrived, both animals had vanished, evading capture just like that elusive Bronx Zoo cobra. Blennerhassett’s skeptical Air Frontier director Geoffrey Hunt said, “I have heard of crocodiles being loose in planes but not snakes.”
Wait, what? You’ve had crocodiles on your planes?! I smell a sequel!