Jet parts tumble into Montana river after train derails

Jet parts tumble into Montana river after train derails

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Jet parts tumble into Montana river after train derails

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Posted on July 5, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 6 at 5:28 PM

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SUPERIOR, Montana — A 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 suburban Seattle.

No one was hurt. The cause is under investigation.

Boeing said the Burlington Northern Santa Fe 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 said it 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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