OKINAWA JAPAN — Dec 7, 2017, 8:54 AM ET

Japanese nursery school hit by possible US aircraft part

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The 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, a unit of the U.S. Marine Corps, is investigating reports that an object from a U.S. military aircraft fell onto the roof of the Midorigaoka Nursery School in Okinawa, Japan, Thursday morning.

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A staff member at the school told NHK, a Japanese public broadcasting company, that a cylindrical object fell on the roof right after an American military aircraft passed over. The nursery school is located about 2.5 miles from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

Local police said the clear plastic tube-like object is about 4-inches long and 3-inches wide. A label on the object says in English to “remove before flight.”

Sixty-one children and 10 staff members were at the school when the object fell, Takehiro Kamiya, the school's director, told NHK. No one was injured, he said.

PHOTO: A Japanese nursery school, which is located about 2.5 miles from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. NHK News
A Japanese nursery school, which is located about 2.5 miles from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

In a statement to ABC News, a United States Marine Corps spokesperson said, “We take this report very seriously and are investigating this incident working closely with local authorities. We care deeply about the safety of our friends and neighbors in the communities around which we live and operate. We will provide more information as it becomes available.”

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  • Dicazi

    It's the "remove before flight" that's scary.
    With all the accidents in that area I would think our military would be extra careful.
    "Measure twice, cut once" mentality does not only apply to carpentry.

  • David Dove

    We definitely don't need a new conflict in Asia. Our warships seem to run into other vessels if they're nearby. The marine aircraft crashed in the ocean recently. A b-1 bomber dropped ordinance on our own special forces in Afghanistan because they couldn't pick up the strobe lights. Glad no one was injured today.

  • Rocky

    Japanese planes dropped objects in the water at Pearl Harbor in 1941 on this day.

  • Former Earthling

    It looks to be in perfect shape considering it fell from an aircraft. What's that thing made of?

  • Erik Williams

    A crew Chief just went "Do'h!"...

  • John swepston

    On the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, payback?

  • Will Breeden

    How would they know? it would say made in China on it.

  • Indy

    Someone forgets to do a proper preflight inspection/check and it's becomes a story about how a US aircraft loses a 6 to 10 ounce safety device and almost wipes out a Japanese school full of little tikes, unbelievably blown out of all proportion, smh.

  • Niltsi

    This happens from time to time especially on Okinawa. If you have a chance, take a look at how populated the areas are right outside our bases. How would you like it if a foreign military dropped stuff on American civilian areas?

  • 3 Wise Men

    4-inches long and 3-inches wide and it sounds like someone is making a big deal out of this. The wallet in my back pocket is larger than that.

  • I ams what I ams

    Looks like a BIM indicator cover from an H53 rotor blade. The blade is filled with nitrogen with pressure and the BIM allows a quick check to see if the pressure is low. If the blade loses pressure there could be a crack and the blade is replaced. Thats your free lesson for today. The cover is supposed to be removed before flight.

  • Prophet With Honor

    OR, it could be a setup. A small harmless part smuggled off base to become a reason to have the facility shut down.

  • TeXan1111

    Better take the English off the parts then they can't blame USAF

  • Nathan Broussard

    well at least the entire aircraft did not fall out of the sky, I hear the military is having a tough time not only at sea by in the air, keeping their B1B air ready and F-117's in the air is becoming a problem, they may have to strike N. Korea in inflatable rafts

  • Rudi Stein

    Better that than the other things we dropped on them 72 years ago

  • LHarr

    A part to be taken off before take off wasn't taken off. Somebody will remember next time if there is a next time.

  • TexasVulcan

    Hmm. Someone did not "remove before flight". Heads may roll over this.