It’s Raining Engine Parts in Japan

Ten engine parts fell out of a Japan Airlines Boeing 767 hitting a car and a medical clinic. The plane was headed from Kumamoto airport to Tokyo Haneda as flight JL632.

A left engine blade sustained significant damage. The parts falling from the sky “cracked a clinic window in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, and damaged a car on the premises but no injuries were reported.”

At least 10 components, all measuring about 5 centimeters in length, were found within dozens of meters from the clinic, with ministry officials collecting some of them.

Also Friday, JAL officials visited the clinic director, Masaaki Yamamoto, to offer an apology and a promise of compensation.

“I am horrified at the thought of the engine parts hitting my grandchildren,” said Masao Haraguchi, who lives near the clinic with his two grandchildren. The 70-year-old said he found a 5-cm-long metallic piece on his property after taking a walk at 5 a.m.

The plane was carrying 209 passengers and 8 crew. The 20 year old 767 was climbing through 6000 feet from runway 25 when the engine began to vibrate and show increasing temperatures.

The crew reduced the engine to idle thrust, stopped the climb and returned to Kumamoto for a safe landing on runway 25 about 25 minutes after departure.

…Japan’s Ministry of Transport reported metallic pieces, size up to 5cm by 5cm (2 inches by 2 inches) of the left hand engine, parts of turbine, were found about 7km southwest of the aerodrome and 9 other locations below the flight path of the aircraft. A post flight examination revealed the engine debris had also scratched the horizontal stabilizer.

The director of the medical clinic reported that while a hospital window shattered, none of the 10 patients nearby were harmed.

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  1. Also Friday, JAL officials visited the clinic director, Masaaki Yamamoto, to offer an apology and a promise of compensation.

    “I am horrified at the thought of the engine parts hitting my grandchildren,” said Masao Haraguchi, who lives near the clinic with his two grandchildren. The 70-year-old said he found a 5-cm-long metallic piece on his property after taking a walk at 5 a.m.

    I love Japan

  2. This reminds me of an old pun/joke/spoonerism about a cargo plane’s door accidentally opening over Tokyo, and spilling the contents. The cargo was new car parts and for days it was raining Datsun cogs.

  3. Are 20-year old 767’s too old to fly? How do we find out the age of the aircraft(s) we are planning to fly?

  4. Hi, hi we’re your weather girls
    And have we got news for you
    You better listen
    Get ready, all you lonely people
    And leave those umbrellas at home

    Humidity is rising, barometer’s getting low
    According to all sources, the street’s the place to go
    ‘Cause tonight for the first time
    Just about half-past ten
    For the first time in history
    It’s gonna start raining engine parts
    It’s raining engine parts, hallelujah, it’s raining engine parts
    I’m gonna go out to run and let myself get
    Absolutely soaking wet
    It’s raining engine parts hallelujah
    It’s raining engine parts every specimen
    Tall, metal, dark and lean
    Rough and tough and strong and mean

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