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Snake on a plane leads to flight cancellation

The snake was found on a plane operated by the Emirates airline. Photo: Getty
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An Emirates flight has been cancelled after a snake was spotted on a plane bound for Dubai.

Social media users were quick to liken the incident to the cult film Snakes on a Plane, which stars Samuel L Jackson as an FBI agent who comes up against a plane full of deadly serpents.

An Emirates spokesperson told the Dubai-based Gulf News that the snake had been found before passengers were onboard the plane in Muscat, Oman.

“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,” the spokesperson said.

It is not known what species the snake was or whether it was dangerous.

The latest spotting follows an incident in Mexico last November, a metre-long snake dropped from the overheard compartments, startling passengers, during a domestic flight headed for Mexico City.

In 2013, a three-metre scrub python was seen on the wing of a plane flying from Cairns to the Papua New Guinea capital Port Moresby, BBC reported.

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