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Monday 14 February 2022

A most unwelcome guest on an Air Asia flight

An AirAsia domestic flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau, Sabah, earlier this week was diverted after a snake was seen in one of its overhead compartments.

AirAsia said that as soon as the flight’s captain was aware of the incident, he made the decision to divert the aircraft to Kuching, Sarawak, Channel News Asia reported.

This was done as a precautionary measure to fumigate the aircraft, said the airline.

Video clips of the shadow of a snake inside one of the plane’s overhead compartments had been circulating on social media.

“This is a very rare incident which can occur on any aircraft from time to time,” said AirAsia’s chief safety officer Capt Liong Tien Ling in an emailed statement to CNA.

“The Captain took the appropriate action,” said Liong, adding that the safety and wellbeing of their guests and crew was always their top priority.

“At no time was the safety of guests or crew at any risk,” he said.

It was unclear how the snake got inside the aircraft and there was no information if it belonged to any passengers.

1 comment:

  1. Maybe someone's pet. I once lost a slow worm that looks like a snake on a number 38 bus in London. It was in my pocket, and then it wasn't.