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Snake on a plane forces pilot to make emergency landing in Egypt

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A snake on a plane prompted an Egypt Air pilot to make an emergency landing on Monday (December 3).

The Egyptian cobra had been hidden in a passenger's hand luggage and caused chaos when it bit a 48-year-old Jordanian man who had smuggled it on board the flight between Cairo and Kuwait City.

Egyptian cobra snake

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Egyptair Boeing 777 plane

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The Jordan Times reports that as the reptile slithered around under the seats, the pilot made an emergency landing in the Egyptian coastal town of Al Ghardaqa.

The injured man, who is believed to be the owner of a reptile store in Kuwait, declined treatment for what he described as superficial wounds to his hand.

"He was bitten in his hand and after we administered first aid he insisted on taking the snake with him to Kuwait," an Egypt Air official explained to journalists.

CNN additionally reports that the plane - which had 90 passengers on board - was allowed to resume its journey to Kuwait after officials had confiscated the snake.

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