Emirates airplane hits birds in India, almost 40 flamingos killed

Emirates airplane hits birds in India, almost 40 flamingos killed

An Emirates flight to India struck a flock of flamingos on Monday, resulting in the deaths of almost 40 birds. The accident happened near Mumbai airport. 

Late Monday night, citizens of Ghatkopar, a neighborhood in Mumbai, saw dead flamingos on the road. They alerted wildlife officials, who found the bodies of 39 flamingos. 

An Emirates spokesperson confirmed to local media that the plane hit birds upon its arrival at Mumbai airport. 

Every year around November, thousands of flamingos migrate to Mumbai, where they stay for a few months. The Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary is a crucial habitat for flamingos. Any disturbance in these areas can have severe consequences for the bird populations.

Environmentalists are concerned about the factors leading to this accident. Stalin D, director of the environmental organization Vanashakti, said that power lines passing through the sanctuary likely affected the flamingos. He criticized the permissions granted for power lines within sanctuaries, which were previously restricted.

Stalin D told the newspaper The Indian Express that the power lines have been built at a great height. “It is likely the flamingos were trying to overpass these high power lines and got caught off guard and hit by the airplane.”

He also wondered why the flamingos were flying at night time. “With CIDCO (City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra) allowing construction along water bodies in Navi Mumbai, where the flamingos arrive, it is likely that someone was attempting to chase away the migratory birds at night and clear the land,” Stalin D said.

 “This prompted the birds to flee during the night, which is when they are more prone to get hit,” he added.

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