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Mumbai: 36 flamingos killed after Emirates flight hits them; suffers damage | Latest news India

An Emirates flight caused the death of 36 flamingos over the Laxmi Nagar area of ​​Pantnagar in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar on Monday evening. This was said by a source at the Mumbai airport HT that EK 508, an Emirates flight, reported a bird strike upon arrival at 9:18 p.m. The aircraft, which suffered damage, landed safely at Mumbai airport.

The aircraft, which suffered damage, landed safely at Mumbai airport.  (Representative image)
The aircraft, which suffered damage, landed safely at Mumbai airport. (Representative image)

Additional Chief Conservator of Forests (Mangrove Protection Cell) SY Rama Rao said 36 bodies of flamingos have been found in this area and a search has been launched to find out if any more flamingos have been killed. He said they were hit by a flight and a search has been launched for more affected flamingos.

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The deputy conservator of the mangrove conservation cell, Deepak Khade, said: “The airport authorities have confirmed to us about the bird strike. This happened closer to Laxmi Nagar (northern side of Ghatkopar East).”

Prashant Bahadure, ranger of the mangrove conservation cell, said, “I went to the airport but they did not let me in. The airport authorities told us that these flamingos were hit by an Emirates flight. We received a call from the local residents and the incident could have occurred between 8.40pm and 8.50pm and our team was on site at 9.15pm.”

Environmentalist D Stalin of NGO Vanshakti said, “What caused the birds to fly into the plane, etc. is under investigation. My theory is that the new power lines through the sanctuary area are causing disorientation for the birds. It should never have been allowed… There were many alternative routes. While giving permission for power lines (earlier this was not allowed in sanctuaries), the wildlife department meekly surrendered to the power company. Instead, the Thane Creek Wildlife Sanctuary was bulldozed and towers erected.”

Stalin claimed that it is also possible that the CIDCO, which floated this theory of bird strike hazard at Navi Mumbai airport, has an indirect link with this accident. “Wetlands in the NRI complex area and TS Chanakya lakes are home to flamingo flocks. Efforts have been on since last month to disturb the birds there and get the water bodies under construction. If someone or some people had chased the birds away at night, the flocks might have tried to fly towards Thane Creek and met with misfortune,” he said.