The U.S. Navy said Thursday it was investigating how several chunks of one of its aircraft -- including one around 2.2 meters by one meter -- fell off as it flew back to its base in Japan.
Six pieces from an EA-6B Prowler, including a part of the engine cover, plunged to earth as the plane flew over Yamato, near the U.S. base at Atsugi in Kanagawa Prefecture, at about 2 p.m. on Wednesday. One part struck a car, causing minor damage, but no one was injured.
The aircraft, which belongs to the carrier George Washington based at Yokosuka, "was returning from a routine training flight when the parts fell off and the plane landed safely," the U.S. Navy said in a statement.
An official from Yamato city said aircraft regularly dropped debris, adding that a house was damaged in 2010 by a piece of falling metal.
"The Navy deeply regrets any inconvenience this event may have caused its neighbors," the Navy said in its statement.© AFP