June 3, 2006 at 9:08 pm #1756FrankParticipant
Good PR or just plain creepy?
U.S. pilot makes emergency landing after wrestling snake on his small plane
CHARLESTON, West Virginia (AP) – Monty Coles was 3,000 feet (900 meters) in the air when he discovered a stowaway peeking out at him from the plane’s instrument panel _ a 4 1/2-foot (1.35-meter) black snake.
Coles had left Charleston earlier for a leisurely flight alone over the West Virginia countryside last Saturday in his Piper Cherokee and was preparing to land in Gallipolis, Ohio, when the snake revealed itself.
“Nothing in any of the manuals ever described anything like this,” the 62-year-old Cross Lanes resident said. But the advice given 25 years earlier from his flight instructor immediately came to mind: “No matter what happens, fly the plane.”
An attempt to swat the snake only resulted in it falling to Coles’ feet under the rudder pedals. It then darted to the other side of the cockpit.
While maintaining control of the single-engine plane with one hand, Coles grabbed the reptile behind its head with his other.
“There was no way I was letting that thing go. It coiled all around my arm, and its tail grabbed hold of a lever on the floor and started pulling,” Coles said.
The next step was to radio for emergency landing clearance.
“They came back and asked what my problem was. I told them I had one hand full of snake and the other hand full of plane. They cleared me in.”
After a smooth landing, Coles posed for pictures with the snake, then let it loose.
“That snake resides in Ohio now,” he said. “I wasn’t about to bring it home. I don’t mind snakes, but I sure like to know where they are.”June 3, 2006 at 9:39 pm #20869Pa-ulParticipant
The fun that could have been had by throwing it from the plane.
Some unsuspecting person walking down the street when a 4.5 foot snake drops onto them.
If it doesn’t work, jam a screwdriver in there and jiggle it about.June 3, 2006 at 9:39 pm #20866BuchoParticipantFrank wrote:… I told them I had one hand full of snake and the other hand full of plane …
I hope Sam Jackson has lines as good as this in the film otherwise he’s gonna lose out to truth stranger than fiction type shit.
- Women sense my power and they seek the life essence.June 3, 2006 at 10:45 pm #20871YouFollowMeParticipant
This almost sound like it could be a publicity stunt for the movie. Next, the producers should release a bunch of rattlesnakes on a 747, and then have all the people in the hospital like, “Now I really want to see the movie!”June 3, 2006 at 10:52 pm #20865Version3Keymaster
I’m announcing the porn title now… “Trouser Snakes on a Plane”June 3, 2006 at 11:01 pm #20872FrankParticipantVersion3 wrote:I’m announcing the porn title now… “Trouser Snakes on a Plane”
Now that would require a solid porn soundtrack.June 4, 2006 at 1:38 pm #20867robParticipantQuote:“Trouser Snakes on a Plane”
Sadly, that will probably be an actual title.June 4, 2006 at 2:04 pm #20870digitaltopiaParticipant
Snakes on a plane? Sure. A man named Monty Coles? Never.July 14, 2006 at 7:09 pm #20868NewmanParticipant
A story in the paper today:
Dutch customs officers find poisonous snake in airmail
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP)—The plot of the forthcoming Hollywood film Snakes on a Plane might not be as improbable as it seems.
Dutch customs detected a live poisonous snake that was sent by airmail on a flight from Hong Kong to a collector in the Netherlands, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday.
Inspectors thought the snake was a gag rubber gift when they first scanned the package, which was labelled “toy goods.”
But then they scanned it again and saw it move, ministry spokesman Kees Nanninga said.
The snake was a Fea’s Viper, found in the forests of southeast Asia. It is rare but not on endangered lists, and known as highly poisonous but not usually aggressive toward humans.
Nanninga said he did not know whether the snake could have posed a threat to passengers, as in the film. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, the movie is due to be released in August and has already generated a huge buzz on the Internet.
“It could have escaped,” Nanninga said of the intercepted viper.
Although transporting it in an aquarium might have been allowed with the proper permits, it is illegal to put poisonous snakes in the mail, Nanninga said.
The snake was packed into a plastic tub with holes in it, inside a cardboard box.
It was being held in a “snake shelter” while authorities track down the intended recipient, Nanninga said.
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