Boeing fuselages in Montana river after train derails

SUPERIOR, MT (KING) -- A Montana Rail Link train derailed near Superior Thursday, sending Boeing aircraft fuselages into a river.

Nineteen cars on the westbound train derailed. Three of the cars contained aircraft parts and ended up in the Clark Fork River. Boeing said the train was headed from Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita to the Boeing final assembly plant in Renton.

No one was hurt. The cause is under investigation.

Boeing said the train was carrying six 737 fuselages, fuselage panels and a lower lobe for the 777, and a leading edge flight surface for the 747.

Boeing says it has sent a team of experts to assess the damage. It wasn't immediately clear what impact it would have on production.

Trains were re-routed and the tracks were expected to be re-opened Saturday.


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