A snake scared the shit out of a pilot in Australia's Northern Territory when it emerged from the dashboard of a small Air Frontier plane just 20 minutes after take-off from Darwin Airport.
The pilot was forced to call for mayday and land the plane swiftly. Fortunately, he wasn't carrying any passengers:
"Sure enough, out of the corner of my eye, I see a little bit of movement there," he said.
"Lo and behold, in between the instrument panel and the dashboard, a stow away came on board and it took me a while to register that it was actually a snake.
"I turned [the plane] around and got it headed back towards Darwin there and said 'look, you're not going to believe this. I've got snakes on a plane'," he laughed.
We imagine it wasn't that funny in the moment. The serpent has yet to be recovered, but Air Frontier's solution was logical—set up some traps. Apparently, this type of thing is common Down Under.
[via ABC News]