Qantas has dealt with its own "snakes on a plane" drama after passengers spotted a 3m scrub python clinging to the wing of an aircraft mid-flight.
The snake somehow hitched a ride on the Cairns-to-Port Moresby flight yesterday morning.
But unlike the schmaltzy 2006 film Snakes on a Plane, starring Samuel L. Jackson, the reptile posed no threat to any of the 40 passengers or four crew inside the Bombadier 400.
Photos snapped by passengers of the stricken python suggest it was just doing its best to hang on.
The QF191 was about 20 minutes into its 6.15am AEDT flight when a woman passenger spotted the snake on the wing near the famous flying kangaroo logo.
The snake was tucked away under the plane's wing but then the wind caught its tail and dragged it from its hideout.
''I felt quite sad for it, really," Robert Weber, from Cairns, told Fairfax.
"For the remainder of the flight, he was trying to pull himself back into the plane, even though he was fighting against 400km/h winds."
The snake repeatedly tried to haul itself to safety only to be dragged out again by strong winds, which whipped its tail against the rear of the plane, creating a blood trail that looked like a tear in the plane's fuselage.
The snake was also dealing with freezing temperatures of -12C.
It was dead when the plane touched down at Port Moresby at 7.44am AEST.
A Qantas spokesperson said the snake must have taken refuge on the outside of the aircraft at Cairns Airport overnight before takeoff.
Author: Erin Tennant, Approving editor: Fiona Willan