A freight train derailment has reportedly damaged three Boeing 737 fuselages being transported to the facility of the aviation giant when three cars crashed into a river in the US state of Montana.
The freight train derailed in western Montana on Thursday, sending three cars carrying 737, 777, and 747 aircraft components down a steep embankment and into Clark Fork River.
Clean-up crews in Montana have begun their work to recover the fuselages that crashed into the river on their way to the Boeing factory in Renton, Washington, US media reports said today.
Montana Rail Link spokeswoman Lynda Frost said 19 cars from a westbound train derailed on Thursday about 16 km west of Alberton. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the derailment is under investigation.
Thirteen of the cars that derailed were carrying freight, mostly aircraft parts with some soybeans and denatured alcohol. Six were empty. She said crews were working to remove the aircraft parts from the water.
The train also was carrying fuselage panels for the Boeing 777 and wing parts for the Boeing 747.
Meanwhile, Boeing said it was assessing the damage to aircraft components that were aboard a freight train that derailed in Montana.
"The derailment on Thursday threatened to throw a wrench in the tightly choreographed and far-flung aerospace supply chain, which depends on just-in-time deliveries of giant parts by train, plane and boat to meet the record demand for jetliners," The Wall Street Journal reported.
Boeing said an investigation into the accident was under way.
The company has "deployed experts to the scene to begin a thorough assessment of the situation," a spokesman said. "Once we determine the extent of damage we will assess what, if any, impact there will be to production," he said.