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Published On: Fri, Apr 6th, 2012

Australian pilot Braden Blennerhassett makes emergency landing: ‘I’ve got snakes on plane’

Art imitating life imitating art.

Move over Sam Jackson, Australian pilot Braden Blennerhassett has now lived it.

Blennerhassett made an emergency landing during a flight in Australia, reportedly telling air traffic controllers, “Look, you’re not going to believe this. I’ve got snakes on a plane.”

Australia’s ABC News reported that Blennerhassett put the Air Frontier plane on the ground after making the unusual mayday call during a flight from Darwin to the remote town of Peppimenarti on Tuesday. Air Frontier offers charter and scenic flights throughout Australia’s northern territory.

“My blood pressure and heart rate was a bit elevated — it was an interesting experience,” Blennerhassett told Nine News. “As the plane was landing, the snake was crawling down my leg, which was frightening.”

The snake that crawled down Blennerhassett’s leg was not alone — a green tree frog was also on the aircraft, Nine News reported. No other wildlife was found, and both animals had disappeared by the time a wildlife ranger came for them.

It is thought the snake, believed to be a non-venomous green tree snake, may have been hunting the frog, Nine News said.

photo Brandon Jones, Repticon 2014

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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