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Emirates flight hit kills 40 flamingos in Mumbai, aircraft suffers damage

The forest officials found 36 bodies of flamingos in an area near Mumbai's Ghatkopar after the locals alerted a wildlife group about the dead birds.

Edited By: Arushi Jaiswal @JaiswalArushi Mumbai Updated on: May 21, 2024 13:58 IST
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Mumbai: At least 40 flamingos were found dead at different locations in the Ghatkopar area of Mumbai, after being hit by a plane on Monday. An Emirates flight, EK 508, reported a bird hit at around 9 pm. Despite severe damage to the aircraft, it landed safely, and all passengers were unharmed.

"40 flamingos were found dead at several places in the Ghatkopar area of Mumbai. The flamingos died after being hit by an aircraft in Mumbai. The dead birds have been sent for post-mortem," said BMC.

As per the report, the aircraft collided with a flock of flamingos moments before landing at the Mumbai airport. Every year in summer, millions of flamingos migrate to Thane Creek and the wetland areas of Navi Mumbai.

Forest Department officials and animal activists recovered the mutilated remains of the birds after residents alerted a wildlife group about the dead birds in the Ghatkopar area.

According to the news agency PTI, various calls were received from people about the dead birds spotted at some places in Ghatkopar, said Pawan Sharma, founder of the Resqink Association for Wildlife Welfare (RAWW) and honorary wildlife warden with the forest department.

The forest department's mangrove cell along with the RAWW teams during a search operation found dead flamingos in the area on Monday night. The carcasses were sent for an autopsy to find out the exact cause of the death," he said.

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