See What Happened When 'Snakes on a Plane' Became a Reality in Australia

See What Happened When 'Snakes on a Plane' Became a Reality in Australia

Jan 11, 2013


A plane belonging to Australian airline Qantas became the set for a lost scene from Samuel L. Jackson's Snakes on a Plane. Shortly after the flight took off into the friendly skies, a 10-foot python was spotted clinging to the wing of the plane. It turned out to be a scrub python, which is the longest species in Australia and common to the north Queensland area.

A report from The Sydney Morning Herald indicated that passengers were more concerned for the snake's safety than anything else. Everyone watched as intense winds whipped the poor creature around, crashing it against the side of the plane. "The pilot turned to us and said: 'He should be dead'. Yet even on descent, the snake was fighting to find safety," one passenger explained. Despite bleeding, minus-12-degree weather, and 400 km/h winds, the poor snake clung to the wing, but eventually died after landing. It's a good thing Jackson never came into contact with the creature, because it would have put up one hell of a fight.

Somewhere out there, director David R. Ellis — who passed away on Monday — is smiling.


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