Falling jet wing panel damages vehicle in Japan

A 4.3-kilogram part that dropped from a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines passenger airplane hit a moving auto in Osaka on Saturday, the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry’s West Japan Civil Aviation Bureau said Sunday.

KLM said the aircraft landed safely at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport Saturday afternoon. “KLM regrets this incident and has immediately launched an investigation into the causes”, a statement said.

The piece, which weighed more than 4kg (9lb), fell from a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines plane shortly after it departed Kansai International Airport on Saturday.

The panel struck the auto on a road in the central part of Osaka where there are a number of shops and apartment buildings.

The Boeing 777 was carrying more than 300 passengers and crew.

A panel weighing 4.3kg fell from a plane shortly after take-off from a Japanese airport and smashed the window of a vehicle being driven below, news reports and the airline said yesterday. It had come from the plane’s right wing. No abnormalities were reported about the plane in checkups before departure.

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