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.