An atmospheric drop (大気圏投下 Taikiken Tōka?) (Viz Media: atmospheric immolation) is a form of capital punishment that is carried out by dropping the condemned into a planetary atmosphere, burning them up in atmospheric entry. A military tribunal of the Earth Orbital Alliance sentenced Yoko to death via this method for carrying out Operation Maulwurf, a terrorist attack that resulted in the Camranh Tragedy in ES 386. She crash landed near Star City where she lay until she was discovered by Daisuke Ido in ES 577. This retconned the original explanation of how Yoko arrived on Earth in Battle Angel Alita. Originally she had crash landed after escaping in a zubringer when the spacecraft she and her fellow Künstlers were on was attacked by a mysterious opponent 200 years before during the Terraforming Wars.