An Emirates flight from Muscat to Dubai was cancelled on Sunday morning after a snake was found on the plane.
Emirates flight EK863 was cancelled before takeoff as the serpentine was discovered in the cargo hold by a staff member and removed from the aircraft.
Confirming this, an Emirates spokesperson said: “Emirates can confirm that 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. ”
Airline officials said that the flight was scheduled to leave Muscat at 10.50 am and arrive at Dubai at 11.55 am. However Flight Radar shows that the aircraft reached Dubai at 4.55 pm.
According to officials, all passengers were booked in the best connecting airlines.
“Engineering and cleaning teams are working to clear the aircraft to re-enter service. We apologise for the inconvenience caused,” the official added.
It was not known whether the snake was owned by a passenger, a stowaway from another country or local wildlife.
Published on 9 January 2017