As it was landing today, our NZ2 flight suffered a single bird strike to the wing. From what I can gather, the bird struck the fully extended landing flap on the left wing. No word on damage.
My question is this: Would a single bird strike to a wing, stabilizer, or fuselage (any non-engine strike) on takeoff or landing be enough to cancel a flight (assuming the bird was, say, a seagull, which are very common on LAX grounds)? If it were on takeoff, would the pilot even be aware of a such a strike? Would it cause a return to the airport?
Similarly, would a single seagull-sized bird ingestion into an engine be enough to require a flight to make a return landing? Are pilots aware when this happens?
Thanks for shedding some light on this topic.
(sorry if it's already been discussed here to death)