Eyes May Be Painted on Aircraft to Avoid Bird Hits
NEW DELHI, India (AP) _ The Civil Aviation Ministry is considering painting eyes on Indian Airlines planes to scare away birds and prevent aircraft from hitting them, news reports said Saturday.
United News of India quoted Shivraj Patil as saying that the eyes, used in Japan to avoid bird-plane collision, were being considered for Indian Airlines.
Bird hits are fairly common in India. According to a recent study by the International Airports Authority of India, which is responsible for the upkeep of domestic airports, Indian Airlines aircraft reported 26 bird hits in September.
The hits caused a loss of $1.35 million, the study said.
Birds are usually sucked in through the jet engines and cause severe mechanical damage. Because the hits are usually within minutes of takeoff or landing, they can be dangerous.
An air show scheduled Jan. 26, which was to feature Indian Air Force jets flying over New Dehli, was canceled this year because of fear of bird hits. The show is an annual event for celebrations of India proclaiming itself a republic.