Skip to comments.Boeing fuselages in Montana river after train derails
Posted on 07/05/2014 1:58:16 PM PDT by FlJoePa
SUPERIOR, MT -- 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 Renton.
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 says it has sent a team of experts to assess the damage. It wasnt immediately clear what impact it would have on production.
Trains were re-routed and the tracks were expected to be re-opened Saturday.
Astounding to me that 737’s are still being built.
I didn’t realize this was 2 day old news. My bad.
We’ll bail them out...No problem..
Any Muslims in the area?
Those are headed to Malaysia Airlines — they’re just testing their ELTs.
Looks like something out of a horror movie
60 a month right now
So much for the “supply chain”
That train done did run off the track...
Should have built ‘em in South Carolina.....
Flight MH-370’s in training.
They’re tough. They’re Boeing. They don’t even look bent.
I want one.
Hm...I don’t think we are up to 60 a month yet. Last I heard we were headed to the upper 40s.
Most popular commercial airplane in history. One takes off about every 30 seconds I have heard.
Well the one in front looks like it has a big crease in it, like it was bended.
A lot of that will buff right out.
The good news is some 737s will be cheap.
Good thing they don’t ship them by pipeline, that would be dangerous.
They’re a mainstay on many of United’s routes between Chicago and secondary cities like Sacramento, CA.
"We'll get it there, sooner or later. We got a hammer to bang those dents out too"
I’m using a notebook so pic was small - but don’t worry, it’ll buff right out; little bit of Bondo she’ll right as rain ...
Yeah, well, yaknow, stuff happens..
Looks like they were shooting a modern day movie thriller..
It don’t get no more reality than this.
Glad nobody injured..
“Those are headed to Malaysia Airlines theyre just testing their ELTs.”
Not very much in common with the original 737 except the number.
I have a friend who’s an engineer with Boeing in Washington.
One of her first jobs was in quality control evaluating these fuselages for repair when they arrived. The most common repair was for bullet holes. Seems they’re just too tempting of a target on their trip out west.
no - you’re good.
hadn’t seen pictures even on the ‘trains’ web page.
Boeing bodies bravely bounce by boxcar.
Stewardess, there’s a trout in my seat pocket.
Yeah....I don’t think any of those fuselages will ever see air time. Too much liability. Best option is to take the insurance money and scrap them.
It doesn't matter if they look bent or not. A fuselage in an airplane is a pretty important structural element. It's designed to tolerate normal use; but what stresses were applied to it when the parts fell into the river? How reliable will it be if used? If a car gets into water, it's an instant write-off, as repairs would cost more than the value of the vehicle. If these fuselages are shipped with cables and other connections, then there is no way to ensure that none of them are damaged. I saw wires that look great but the copper conductor inside is broken.
The customer will not want to buy an airplane with a refurbished fuselage. They paid full price for a new one. The FAA will not allow use of those salvaged parts. Those are the insurance company's problem now. With large volume of these airplanes assembled monthly, the impact on production schedule shouldn't be significant. It's not like spares for the Shuttle; those are indeed not made anymore.
It was an attempt at humor. Sorry you didn’t get it ....PS. All they are are tubes. No parts of any kind are in them - they’re hollow.
video from the raft in the river. . .
It looks like they are climbing out of the river to bite the rail cars...
I am surprise we didn’t get a media spin on the headline. A typical example of Media spin would be.
“Three Boeing 737’s Crash land in River”.
Boeing could get into the boat business now.
“Hello? Aer Lingus??
There is going to be a slight delay in the delivery of your new 737’s...”
Too bad they can’t ship them via pipeline like they can with oil.
Are you having flashbacks from back in the 60’s?
fusfishelages in Montana river after train derails
No doubt George Soros is smiling and the Obamabots are blogging the safety of railroads.
I was just teasing ya!
The fuselage on the left is buckled just aft of the cockpit...It’s a total loss.
Again, I don’t think Boeing will try to salvage these...even if they could be repaired, who would buy them?
They could become river submarines.
Or link them together and make them a pedestrian bridge over the river.
Paint them up as perch...
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