Snake fright for Australian pilot

2012-04-05 10:03

Sydney - An Australian pilot was given the fright of his life when a snake slithered from the dashboard of the plane he was flying, forcing him to make an emergency landing, airline officials said on Thursday.

Braden Blennerhassett was on a freight run for Air Frontier from Darwin to the remote town of Peppimenarti in the Northern Territory on Tuesday when the reptile appeared in the cockpit.

He made a mayday call and landed safely back in Darwin.

"My blood pressure and heart rate was a bit elevated - it was an interesting experience," Blennerhassett told Nine News.

"As the plane was landing the snake was crawling down my leg, which was frightening."

Snake on board

Air Frontier director Geoffrey Hunt said Blennerhassett handled the situation well, given Australia is home to some of the most venomous snakes in the world.

"He said, we've got a snake on board," Hunt told reporters, adding that the pilot had trouble communicating with the control tower.

"The snake popped its head out near the transmit button that he needed to press to talk to the tower."

Blennerhassett managed to get his small plane back to base where a snake handler was organised to meet him.

"We have got another chap here who is an aircraft engineer and a snake handler and he had a look and he couldn't find it," Hunt said, adding that they now planned to use a live mouse in a cage as bait.

Until the snake is found, the aircraft will be grounded.

  • npretorius2 - 2012-04-05 10:12

    Where is Samual L Jackson when you need him?

      J-Man - 2012-04-05 10:24

      I never saw the it any good?

      nsda29 - 2012-04-05 10:57

      Have no intentions of watching that movie, not in this life time. I'll have nightmares! At least the pilot remained calm, imagine if he had a phobia for snakes like me?????

      npretorius2 - 2012-04-05 11:06

      @Jman, worst movie ever...

  • wisdom.tshuma - 2012-04-05 10:30


  • Kagiso Tlhakung - 2012-04-05 10:55

    thats wat they get for always being against SA. They dissed us abt the world cup and now the SKA project serves them ryt, a snake should bite their president

      winston.mullany - 2012-04-05 11:17


  • Vlam - 2012-04-05 11:20

    Landing first with the snake still inside. like hell i would."jeronimo !!! there i go and hope to learn how a parachute works on the way down.

  • Muhammad - 2012-04-05 11:20

    Blame al qaeeda

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-04-05 13:05

    Call Samuel L Jackson, he's \tired of these muthaf___in snakes on this muthaf___in plane!\

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