A Delta Airlines Airbus 330-300, registration N805NW performing flight DL-73 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Atlanta,GA (USA), departed Amsterdam’s runway 24 and climbed to cruise level 300. The aircraft was enroute about 230nm northwest of Glasgow,SC (UK) about to enter the oceanic crossing when the crew decided to return to Amsterdam due to a suspected bird strike at the right hand side. The aircraft landed safely back on Amsterdam’s runway 18R, was inspected by emergency services and taxied to the apron.
The flight was cancelled.
The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground for about 20 hours, then departed for a positioning flight DL-9930 to Atlanta.