A passenger plane received maximum priority for a quick landing after a large, bright green snake slithered out of a luggage bin mid-flight.
Passengers on Aeromexico flight 283 from Torreón in the northern state of Coahuila to Mexico City on Sunday were startled as the reptile dropped out of one of the luggage bins.
Videos of the snake hit social media almost immediately:
In a statement quoted by CBS News, the airline said it did not know how the snake came aboard, but that “measures have been taken to avoid such incidents in the future”.
The snake was said to be about 1.5 metres long. What type of snake it was – or whether it was venomous – is unclear. Some reports said it appeared to be a green viper. That’s an African species. Another possibility: a venomous bright green pit viper from Sri Lanka. Some people keep exotic snakes as pets.
A university professor on the flight is said to have helped capture the snake with the aid of a blanket and an in-flight magazine.
Written by Peter Needham