Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa on Friday cautioned the U.S. military over an incident in which a tiny part fell from a U.S. fighter jet and caused minor damage to a private residence in Ayase, Kanagawa Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo.
''An accident like this should have never happened. We asked the U.S. military to be careful,'' Kitazawa told a press conference.
A duralumin part measuring 3 centimeters in diameter and 56 cm in length dropped from an F/A-18E fighter jet from the U.S. Naval Air Station Atsugi, breaking a pane of glass that had been placed on a veranda of the house at around 2:15 p.m. Thursday. No one was injured.
The U.S. Navy has collected the part and has begun investigations into the incident, according to the Navy and local police.
The fall of the component was confirmed during a checkup of the plane after it returned to the base. The part crashed through the gutters attached to the roof of the house and broke the glass pane of a window that had been placed on the veranda due to noise insulation work inside the residence.
According to police, the 55-year-old owner of the home was busy renovating the house at the time together with his wife and one worker.© News reports