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Final Boeing Aircraft Part Removed From Clark Fork River

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All Boeing aircraft parts are successfully removed from the Clark Fork River. This comes after a train derailed last Thursday, sending three Washington-bound fuselages into the water.

It took five days, a 50 person work crew, and eight pieces of heavy machinery to winch the final of three fuselages up the steep embankment of the Clark Fork River.

Still there was more work to be done. The rail line remained closed Tuesday as crews worked to remove smaller aircraft parts that scattered the area.

It all started last Thursday, near Alberton, when a train en route from Wichita, Kansas to the Boeing final assembly plant in Washington derailed, sending key parts of Boeing jet liner parts into the river.

19 rain cars that derailed were carrying a total of six 737 fuselages, wing parts and aircraft panels.

The clean up started on Friday, when several train cars were pulled back onto the tracks.

The first fuselage, and it's flat bed, weighing in at 70 tons, was pulled up the hill Sunday. Followed by the second Monday, and finally the third this morning.

All the parts are being kept at a nearby location.

A statement released by Boeing says officials are on scene assessing the fuselages to decide where the parts go next. no one is willing to speak on the cost of the damages to the parts detrimental to the Boeing factory.

Montana Rail Link officials said crews will be on the river cleaning the remainder of the debris out of the river for the rest of the week. The cause of the derailment is still being investigated.

The rail line is now open.

 

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