Emirates flight cancelled due to snakeby ASC Staff on Jan 11, 2017
Emirates flight EK0863 from Muscat to Dubai had to be cancelled this week after a snake was found in a cargo hold.
The flight was due to depart Muscat in Oman for Dubai on January 8 when the reptile was discovered, the airline said in a statement.
"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," a spokeswoman said.
"Engineering and cleaning teams are working to clear the aircraft to re-enter service. We apologise for the inconvenience caused," she added.
The species of snake is not known. This is not the first time ‘snakes on a plane’ have disrupted scheduled services.
First-class passengers on a recent Aeromexico flight in Mexico were left terrified by a large snake roaming the cabin.
A video posted on Twitter showed the snake making its way out of an overhead luggage locker and dropping into the cabin.
Air Traffic Control gave the domestic flight a priority landing and all passengers were evacuated before the snake was safely captured, unharmed.