Eight-pound part falls from special ops aircraft and lands at US air base on Okinawa

An MC-130J Commando II, assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Group, taxis at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, in June 2017. GREG ERWIN/U.S. AIR FORCE
An MC-130J Commando II, assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Group, taxis at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, in June 2017. GREG ERWIN/U.S. AIR FORCE

Eight-pound part falls from special ops aircraft and lands at US air base on Okinawa

by Matthew M. Burke and Aya Ichihashi
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — An 8-pound aircraft part that fell off a special operations MC-130 has been found on a U.S. military installation, Air Force officials said Tuesday.

The part, described as a torque tube from the landing gear, was missing during an aircraft inspection Friday morning at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan’s Mainichi newspaper reported. Mainichi cited officials from the Okinawa Defense Bureau, which represents Japan’s Defense Ministry on the island.

The part was later found on a U.S. airfield, believed to be Kadena, the paper said. It remains unclear when the part was located. No injuries were reported.

A torque tube is part of the aircraft’s main landing gear, the newspaper reported. It is believed the 35-inch-long by 3-inch-wide part fell off during takeoff or landing.

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