Boeing 737 fuselages end up in the Clark Fork River near Superior, Montana, crews will attempt to remove

Boeing 737 fuselages in river

Eyewitness New 12 reports:

“Linda Frost, Montana Rail Link, told CBS-affiliate KPAX 19 cars derailed about 18 miles east of Superior, Montana around 4 p.m Thursday (July 3). Seven of the cars were carrying aircraft components, three cars soybeans, three cars with denatured alcohol and the other seven were empty, Frost said. The aircraft components landed in the Clark Fork River.”

The fuselages were manufactured by Spirt Aerosystems (Wichita) and were headed by train to Boeing’s 737 assembly plant in Renton, WA. The fuselages are a probable insurance write off and will not be used. However someone’s delivery may be affected.

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July 6 Update: From the The Spokesman-Review in Spokane:

“Crews today (July 6) will attempt to remove three Boeing 737 fuselages that tumbled down a steep embankment and into the Clark Fork River in Western Montana after a train derailed.

Montana Rail Link spokeswoman Lynda Frost said Saturday that it’s unclear the type of challenge involved because it’s the first time the company has faced such a task.

No one was injured when 19 cars from a westbound train derailed Thursday about 10 miles west of Alberton. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

The train carried six fuselages. Three others also fell off but stayed on land. Frost said Boeing has had workers at the scene assessing the damage.”

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