Snake on a plane in Brisbane to Queenstown flight

The snake reportedly fell on the runway.
The snake reportedly fell on the runway. Photo credit: File/Getty

A snake which fell from a flight onto the runway at Queenstown Airport last week luckily wasn't able to terrify passengers like in the iconic Hollywood movie.

The incident came when a flight from Brisbane was landing in Queenstown last Sunday, and the reptile fell from the plane and landed on the runway, the Otago Daily Times reports.

"Hopefully it doesn't lay any eggs," one Facebook user commented.

"Snakes on a Plane is appearing a little less far fetched now," another said.

Newshub has contacted Airways New Zealand for comment. In a statement, as reported by the ODT, Airways confirmed reports of a "foreign object" on the runway.

"Following standard procedure they requested the assistance of airport fire and rescue services, who cleared the object."

A shovel was used to decapitate the snake, the ODT reports.

The snake's surprise appearance on the runway follows a slightly more terrifying incident in 2016, where a python emerged from behind an aircraft's overhead lockers on a 100-minute domestic flight in Mexico.

In 2012, a 45cm snake was discovered on a plane at Scotland's Glasgow Airport.