Snake grounds jet with 370 passengers in Sydney

Canberra – A tiny snake found on a Qantas Boeing 747 airliner has led to 370 passengers being grounded in Sydney overnight.

Qantas said in a statement the 20cm snake was found by staff in the passenger cabin near the door before passengers were due to board late yesterday at Sydney International Airport for a flight to Tokyo.

The Australian airline said the passengers were accommodated in hotels overnight and left Sydney on a replacement plane this morning.

The snake was taken by quarantine officials for analysis.

The Australian government today did not immediately name the type of snake or say how it might have got aboard the plane which had flown to Sydney from Singapore.

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