Boeing 737 fuselages tumble into Montana river after train derailment

Michael Garko, In Airline News

Boeing has sent a team of experts to assess the damage to several Boeing 737 fuselages that tumbled down a steep embankment in Montana after the train that was transporting them derailed on Thursday.

Photo: Brock Sarbeck/Wiley E. Waters Whitewater Rafting via AP

Photo: Brock Sarbeck/Wiley E. Waters Whitewater Rafting via AP

“Once we have completed our assessment of damages and determined our next course of action, we will decide what to do with the fuselages,” Boeing says in a statement to USA Today.

A total of 19 cars from the BNSF Railway Co. train derailed.  The train was carrying six Boeing 737 aircraft fuselages and assemblies for Boeing’s 747 and 777 aircraft.

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Lynda Frost, spokeswoman for Montana Rail Link, told The Associated Press on Sunday that a crew of 50 workers were using eight heavy equipment machines to recover the three fuselages from the embankment along the Clark Fork River.

Boeing has stated that it is yet unclear if the incident will lead to any production delays, though other rail routes are available for future shipments until the scene of the derailment is cleared up.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

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