Snake on a plane!
A South African pilot flying four passengers from Cape Town to Nelspruit had to make an emergency landing in Welkom when a “fifth passenger” — a Cape cobra — slid down his back.
The pilot told local media that he looked down and saw the cobra putting its head back underneath his seat.
First Officer Rudolph Erasmus is being hailed as a hero for his quick and calm response to a very dangerous situation.
“To be truly honest , it’s as if my did not register what was going on, it was a moment of awe…”
“I felt this cool sensation , sort of, crawling up my shirt, as I turned to the left and looked down I saw the cobra receding it’s head backwards underneath the seat.” ~ He told Media.
A bite from a cape Cobra is lethal and it kills someone in just 30 minutes, so as to cause no panic, he thought carefully before calmly informing those on board that there was in unwanted voyager.
The plane made Emergency landing immediately however Engineers who stripped the plane did not find the rogue reptile.