Late passengers, bad weather – these days few things stop planes from wavering from their schedule, but a group of monkeys got the better of a SpiceJet Boeing 737 which was about to take off from Ahmedabad on Sunday when they strayed onto the runway and forced the plane to come to a sudden stop. This incident is not the first time, however, that animals have been a source of stress for airport security. We take a look at other bizarre instances where animals brought air traffic to a halt.
SpiceJet and monkeys
The Chennai-bound flight with 189 passengers on board was fortunately at a low speed when the pilot was informed of monkeys on the runway. “The planes had just begun take off roll and was able to stop safely,” a SpiceJet spokesman said.
Snake on a plane
Passengers on a flight to Australia got a real-life version of the 2006 creature feature when they found a 12 foot python on the wing of their plane – while it was 30,000 feet in the sky. Unlike the movie, the passengers were more concerned about the reptile’s survival as it braved freezing winds and tried to stay latched onto the wing. The snake was reportedly still alive when the plane landed in Papua New Guinea, but it is suspected that it was killed by quarantine officials.
Crocodile goes first class
In 2014, a flight plummeted to the ground when passengers rushed to the front of the plane after a crocodile crawled out of one of the passengers’ bags. Tragically, everyone on the plane died except for one passenger and the reptile.
Tiger cub in a suitcase
Usually it’s drugs or gold, but airport security in Bangkok was in for a surprise when they found a sedated tiger cub in a woman’s suitcase. In this 2010 incident, a Thai passenger packed the cub in a suitcase full of soft toys and while she managed to check in for her flight, authorities got suspicious of her behavior around the bag. The cub was eventually sent to a wildlife conservation center and the woman was sentenced to a four-year term in prison.
SpiceJet and wild boars
Similar to Sunday’s incident, last December, a SpiceJet plane landing at Dumna airport in Jabalpur met with an accident when the pilot spotted a herd of wild boar on the runway. As he hit the brakes, the plane skidded off the runway. Fortunately, all 50 passengers were uninjured, although 7 boar were killed.