A snake found on board an Emirates aircraft forced the cancellation of a flight from Muscat to Dubai, reports Arabian Business.
The snake was discovered and retrieved in the cargo hold on Sunday, January 9, 2017, prior any passengers boarding the 10.50am flight.
Emirates cancelled the flight to allow for cleaning and engineering crews to carry out necessary work before the Boeing 777 aircraft returned to service.
“Emirates can confirm that flight EK0863 from Muscat to Dubai on January 8, 2017, was cancelled due to a detection of a snake in the cargo hold prior to passengers boarding,” said an Emirates spokesperson.
“Engineering and cleaning teams are working to clear the aircraft to re-enter service. We apologise for the inconvenience caused."