Snake on Dubai-bound flight grounds plane

January 9, 2017
Samaa Web Desk


A Dubai-bound Emirates flight was cancelled as a serpentine stowaway discovered in the cargo hold.

“Emirates can confirm that flight EK0863 from Muscat to Dubai on 8 January 2017, was cancelled due to a detection of a snake in the cargo hold prior to passengers boarding,” Khaleej Times quoted the statement of the Emirates spokesperson.

“Engineering and cleaning teams are working to clear the aircraft to re-enter service,” the spokesperson added. “We apologise for the inconvience caused.”

The aircraft re-entered service soon after the reptile was removed.

Emirates is not the only airline to have experienced a case of “snakes on a plane” in recent months.

In November 2016, passengers on an Aeromexico flight between the northern Mexican city of Torreon and Mexico City were shocked to find a large green snake slithering out from behind an overhead luggage compartment while in flight.

The serpent was eventually trapped by passengers using blankets provided by cabin crew.

Published in Global

Story first published: 9th January 2017