Recently the Yomiuri New on-line reported the following:
Some parts that belonged to the US Navy Atsugi Naval Air Base airplane "EA-6B Prowler" fell to the prefecture road etc. in Kamisoyagi, Yamato city, Kanagawa prefecture at around 2:00 p.m. on the 8th.
Although one of the metal piece had hit the roof of a passenger car which was travelling at the prefecture road, no one was injured.
According to the base, it was part of the aluminum made engine covering, and the large piece fallen was having 2 meters 7 in length and 1 meter 18 in width. It fell while returning to base from training.
According to the Daiwa station, six metal pieces were found and were scattered on the driveway and sidewalk of the prefecture road. The spot was about 600 meters east of the Sagami-ootsuka Station of the Sagami Railway and was along the north side fencing of the Atsugi Naval Air Base. The traffic of the prefecture road No. 40 was stopped for about 1 hour and a half for searching and retrieval.
According to the base management division of the prefecture, this falling object accident by the U.S. Forces plane in the prefecture was the one since February, 2011. It would co-ordinate with the local self-governing body, and demand thorough safety control and prevention of future occurrence.
It would be a big news if someone on the ground was hit and injured by the fallen metal object.