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article imageCobra discovered on a plane forces emergency landing

By Leigh Goessl     Dec 5, 2012 in Odd News
A flight was forced to make an emergency landing this week after an Egyptian cobra was discovered aboard the plane. The snake had bitten one person before it escaped in the cabin.
An usual and unexpected passenger interrupted a flight from Egypt to Kuwait on Monday and caused an emergency landing. The extra passenger was a cobra that a man had hidden in his bag and brought aboard the plane.
According to CNN, 90 passengers were on the flight originating in Cairo, when the snake bit his carrier, the handler lost control of the reptile and it slithered under the seats.
The pilot made an emergency landing in the Egyptian resort town of Al Ghardaqa, reported The Jordan Times.
“He was bitten in his hand and after we administered first aid he insisted on taking the snake with him to Kuwait,” the Egypt Air official said.
The cobra was confiscated by authorities.The man who had brought the snake aboard the plane reportedly owns a reptile shop in Kuwait.
Akram Abdul Latif, 48, was identified as the man who had hidden the Egyptian cobra in his bag. He purportedly refused medical treatment and said his wound was minor; instead of going to the hospital as recommended by doctors, he went home to Kuwait and other passengers continued on with their journey without further incident.
In October, Digital Journal reported a snake was found on a plane that had flown from Mexico to Scotland.
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