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Emirates Flight Strikes Kill 36 Flamingos in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar Area

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An Emirates flight was involved in an incident that resulted in the deaths of at least 36 flamingos over the Laxmi Nagar area of Pantnagar in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar on Monday night. According to a source at Mumbai airport, Emirates flight EK 508 reported a bird strike upon its arrival at 9:18 PM. Despite the damage, the flight landed safely at Mumbai airport.


SY Rama Rao, the Additional Chief Conservator of Forests (Mangrove Protection Cell), confirmed the discovery of 36 flamingo carcasses in the area and stated that a search is underway to determine if more birds were affected. He noted that the birds were struck by an aircraft, prompting further investigation.

Deepak Khade, Deputy Conservator of the Mangrove Protection Cell, said, “The airport authorities have confirmed the bird strike to us. This occurred near Laxmi Nagar, at the northern end of Ghatkopar East.”

Prashant Bahadure, Range Forest Officer of the Mangrove Protection Cell, attempted to visit the airport but was denied entry. He reported that the airport authorities informed them about the Emirates flight’s involvement. “Local residents alerted us, and the incident likely occurred between 8:40 PM and 8:50 PM. Our team arrived on the scene at 9:15 PM,” he said.

Environmental activist D Stalin from NGO Vanshakti suggested that the new power lines through the sanctuary area might be disorienting the birds, which could have led to the collision. He criticized the wildlife board for allowing these power lines to be installed in the sanctuary, stating that alternative routes were available.

Stalin also speculated about the potential involvement of CIDCO, suggesting that efforts to disturb flamingo habitats in the NRI Complex area and TS Chanakya lakes might have contributed to the incident. He mentioned that if someone had chased the birds at night, they might have flown towards Thane Creek and encountered the accident in the process.

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