I was on a NW
A332 that hit a flock of vultures on rotation out of BOM
at about 0130L--several went through the #2 engine. It sounded like when we were kids and we would place a baseball card and a clothespin on our bike tire to make that braaaaak sound. So, needless to say we did a fast 360 and came back to land. Our A330's have no fuel dumping mechanism and as we were enroute to AMS
we had a heavy load of fuel and pax. We hit the ground hard with MAJOR wing flex. No harm--just some VERY hot brakes. The plugs on the tires never even blew, oddly enough.
The f/o went down with his cell and took pictures of the front fan to show to us--the blades were all twisted and it was obvious we were going nowhere. He said the tailpipe smelled like burned chicken. Air India does our major maintenance there and they came over, looked at the damage and I swear because I was standing in the cockpit doorway and heard it myself and the lead mechanic said "Well, we could cut the lower six inches off the blades and you should be good to go." All of our mouths just fell open in disbelief. The look on the captain's f/o's and my face must have ben incredulous!
We cancelled. Another night in BOM
. It also turned out that at least one bird had hit the fuselage right about where the f/a's right knee would sit and had left a large dent.
Qualified on Concorde/B707/B720/B727/B737/B747/B757/B767/B777/DC-8/DC-9/DC-10/A319/A320/A330/MD-88-90