The scene garnered plenty of comparisons to the Hollywood thriller and action movie, “Snakes on a Plane,” starring Samuel L. Jackson.
Medina told ABC News today that he “controlled the snake with a blanket” before the plane landed in Mexico City and animal control personnel arrived.
Aeroméxico said in a statement that “due to the presence of the animal and following security protocols, the flight was given priority to land” at Mexico City International Airport. Once the plane landed, airport personnel “secured the reptile.”
“The procedures carried out for this flight are currently being evaluated to determine how the animal entered the cabin and measures have been taken to avoid such incidents in the future,” Aeroméxico added. “For Aeroméxico, the security of its passengers and crew is of the highest priority and it always works to meet the highest quality standards.”
UPDATE: American Airlines says seven passengers and one crew member suffered minor injuries after a plane caught fire at O’Hare; everyone was evacuated successfully
CHICAGO — An American Airlines plane suffered a mechanical issue, and then part of the plane caught fire on the tarmac at O’Hare International Airport Friday afternoon, forcing the passengers and crew to evacuate by the emergency chutes.
American Airlines said the plane aborted takeoff due to an “engine-related mechanical issue,” and the 161 passengers and 9 crew deplaned on the runway. They have been transported back to the terminal in buses.
Bound for Miami, American Airlines flight 383 aborted takeoff around 2:35 PM, according to the FAA.
At least six ambulances were called to the scene, although it remains unclear if there were any injuries. The runway has been closed as the FAA investigates. Anyone flying through O’Hare should expect delays.
A spokesperson for American Airlines released a statement saying:
American Airlines flight 383, a 767 bound for Miami, aborted take off due to an engine-related mechanical issue. The 161 passengers and 9 crew deplaned on the runway and buses are enroute to pick up the passengers and bring them back to the terminal.
Commuters at O’Hare are posting photos and videos to social media of the scene.
Around 3:27 pm today someone in Boone County called the police to report a very low flying aircraft. They said the airplane was flying just above the roofs of their houses. In the area of Rt 76 and Woodstock. They were not happy and said the pilot was flying very unsafe and wanted to report the pilot.
Several Rockford Scanner fans have contacted us and said there is a large plane that is circling the area.
This is a KC-135. They fly into the Rockford Airport (KRFD) and practice doing touch and go’s on the Rockford Airport runways.
They do this a few times a week. It is actually really neat to watch.
Many do not know, but the Rockford Airport hosts many types of aircraft. Both civilian and military. They come in to refuel, practice touch and go’s, to be serviced, etc… Rockford Airport has proven it can hold even the largest of the largest aircraft on its runways.
Runway 7/25 (East/West) is approx. 10,000 feet long!
Runway 1/19 (North/South) is approx. 8,200 feet long!
Rockford Airport is plane spotter friendly. So be sure to go out there and watch the aircraft as they come in.