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Rudolph Erasmus was forced to remain calm and make an emergency landing after noticing the snake

A brave pilot was forced to make an emergency landing after realizing a deadly cobra slithered under his seat.

Rudolph Erasmus was flying from the South African city of Bloemfontein to Pretoria in a private plane when he spotted the reptile.

The snake had been spotted the previous day, but Rudolph was unable to find it before boarding and assumed it had left the plane overnight.

However, when he was 11,000 feet in the air with the four passengers he was carrying, Rudolph felt something wet on his back.

He told the BBC: “I felt this chill, sort of, creeping up my shirt.

“When I turned left and looked down, I saw the cobra pull its head back under the seat.”

He quickly realized that he had to make an emergency landing as a Cape Cobra bite can kill someone in as little as 30 minutes.

Cape Cobra.

A bite from a Cape Cobra can kill its victim in as little as 30 minutes (Picture: Getty)

Rudolph considered not telling his passengers about the snake, fearing it would spark a “panic.”

But he finally made the decision to be honest and explain why they had to get the plane on the ground.

Speaking about how they reacted to the news, he said, “You could hear a pin drop and I think everyone froze for a moment or two.”

They landed in the town of Welkom and fortunately no one was injured.

But the snake has yet to be found after engineers searching the plane failed to spot it again.

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