Snake in cargo hold of Boeing 777-300 grounds flight Emirates #EK863 to Dubai

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Flight Emirates #EK863 from Muscat was grounded after baggage handlers found the serpent in the cargo hold of the Boeing 777-300ER.

A spokesperson for the airline, quoted by Dubai-based media, said the snake was found before passengers boarded the plane.

The aircraft was searched before re-entering service and arriving at its destination several hours later.

“Emirates can confirm that flight #EK863 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,” an airline spokesperson said.

“Engineering and cleaning teams are working to clear the aircraft to re-enter service. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.”