Okinawa Times wrote that Kadena Air Base told the paper on Wednesday that the F-15 from which a part dropped on Tuesday belongs to the base and that the object that fell was a metal part weighing about 3.6 kg. The paper wrote that although the base confirmed the incident at around 10:30 a.m., the prefectural government was not informed through the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Bureau until around 8:45 p.m., more than 10 hours after the incident. Governor Tamaki told reporters on Wednesday that the incident posed a serious risk to all residents of Okinawa and that the base should temporarily halt all training involving aircraft to investigate the cause of the incident. The paper wrote that the governor is planning to lodge a protest with the 18th Wing at Kadena AB.
Ryukyu Shimpo ran a similar report, adding that the U.S. Air Force told the paper on Wednesday that it will continue training in order to maintain its readiness, fulfill the obligations of the United States, and defend the free and open Asia-Pacific region.