Caterpillars in the Cockpit Ground Airplane in Australia

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It's not exactly "Snakes on a Plane" but an infestation of green caterpillars in the cockpit apparently forced a small airplane to make an emergency landing shortly after takeoff in Brisbane, Australia.

The same larvae that eat tomato plants caused problems with equipment on the 20-seat, German-built Dornier-Werke plane.

According to the Courier-Mail, the incident happened on Jan. 27, about 29 miles from the Brisbane Airport.

The newspaper quotes an aviation report filed with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, as saying the green caterpillars forced the plane down. The aircraft landed without incident.

An inspection found "several green caterpillars in the pressure-sensitive instruments," the newspaper reports.

A spokesman for the Brisbane Airport said he couldn't remember caterpillars ever having been a problem at the airport before.

Brisbane is Australia's third largest city, and together with surrounding areas of Queensland was ravaged by floods in December and January.

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