Man claims flesh-eating spider bit him on flight

A British man is threatening to sue Qatar Airways after saying he was bitten by a venomous spider on board a flight between Doha and Cape Town.

The brown recluse spider.

The brown recluse spider. Image by Paul Lewin / CC BY 2.0

Jonathan Hogg says he felt a small, sharp pain when the flesh-eating brown recluse spider bit him, and hours later his leg was ‘bursting open.’ Doctors had to cut away a large part of his leg leaving a wound that resembled ’something from a horror film.’ Mr Hogg has said he will sue the airline. A Qatar Airways spokesman said it had not yet received notice of any legal action. Read more:

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