August 9, 2021, 2:23 PM

Screengrab of the snake from the viral video

The snake inside the cargo hold of the flight 

In a shocking incident, a snake was found curled around the baggage belt in the cargo hold of Kolkata-Mumbai IndiGo flight on Thursday evening. The video of the incident has now gone viral on social media.

Hollywood's famous flick 'Snakes on a Plane' would have turned into a reality in Kolkata if an alert baggage handler working with the airline had not spotted the snake. Thankfully, passengers were yet to board the aircraft, which had landed at the airport from Raipur, and was parked at a secluded bay area.

After getting to know of the snake, IndiGo's ground staff immediately cleared the area and informed airport authorities who, in turn, informed the forest department. The snake was rescued by forest department officials, who took it away for rehabilitation.

Officials said that the snake was a non-poisonous rat snake, which, they speculated, made its way into the plane while baggage was being off loaded from the flight upon arrival from Raipur.

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