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Crews hoist second fuselage from derailment site

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Crews have removed the second of three commercial airplane bodies from a river embankment in western Montana after they tumbled off a train in a derailment.

Montana Rail Link spokeswoman Lynda Frost says the second newly manufactured Boeing 737 fuselage was winched up Monday without any problems.

She says the third is expected to be removed from the Clark Fork River embankment near Alberton by the end of Tuesday.

Nineteen train cars derailed Thursday, spilling three fuselages into the river and three more near the tracks. Frost says the fuselages and their flatbed cars weigh a combined 70 tons each.

The fuselages and other airplane parts were being transported from a manufacturing plant in Wichita, Kansas, to Boeing facilities in Washington state.

Railway officials are investigating the cause of the derailment.

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quincy_maxwell July 08 2014 at 12:47 PM

Remember the movie," Attack of the 50 Foot Woman"? I bet she'd enjoy one of these as a toy.

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bwess8 July 08 2014 at 12:41 PM

when those planes hit the ground did they make a sound like , boing , boing .boing .

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Ed July 08 2014 at 2:24 PM

One day you might be riding in one of these plane bodies,..........and you'll never know !!

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gmgpjandon Ed July 08 2014 at 9:54 PM

My mother raised a poor man, not a fool.

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gmgpjandon July 08 2014 at 9:53 PM

Too bad all air craft crashes aren't this nice.

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frank.foreman July 08 2014 at 10:59 PM

These pictures make this incident look like it was staged or fake , as if these fuselages "tumbled" off a rail line on railcars : why aren't the roofs of the fuselages damaged at all? It looks like they were set on the hillside railtrack above by a crane , and send straight down the embankment. Where they came to rest virtually undamaged. What is this an insurance scam to save the ailing railroad for a year or so?

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mgnficntoz July 08 2014 at 8:40 PM

I can almost feel sorry for them. It's what happens when you think you are saving money with lower labor costs and entail high cost and risk transportation risks.

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stengernc July 08 2014 at 8:26 PM

The rail cars are way to long and can't take curves like normal railcars do so it probably was caused by going to fast around a curve. I used to ride a locomotive thru the mountains and curves and grades are an issue.

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patrick stengernc July 09 2014 at 12:10 AM


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BigEd stengernc July 09 2014 at 1:43 AM

There certainly are a lot of DANGEROUS curves in that area. The mountains gor through the CONTINENTAL DIVIDE which is treacherous.
I used to drive over the divide from Missoula and the hairpin S curves kept you on your toes. I had a friend miss a turn and they found his carat the bottom of a ravine. My friend died.

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frank.foreman July 08 2014 at 11:06 PM

Hello Allstate , we have 3 Boeing fuselages that "tumbled" off a dangerous stretch of mountain railside (which is seldom used or seen) , can Boeing claim millions in damages (again) to pay for the cleanup and retrieval please. Thankyou , I knew you'd understand. Click ..... (a few seconds later) : Hello Boeing , we sent those fuselages down the hillside as we planned and Allstate is footing the bill and all wages & costs involved. Click.... (a few seconds later) : Hello Boeing , the gig is on.

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yak5750 frank.foreman July 09 2014 at 3:11 AM

any intended humor in your blog is lost because I don't think anyone can figure out how Boeing would have to pay anthing unless it can be proven Boeing caused the accident nor how Boeing could profit from the accident. Do you want to try again?

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Karen frank.foreman July 09 2014 at 3:15 AM

Contrary to your weird fantasy and talking to yourself; unlike "vehicles", Boeing doesn't make a bunch of aircraft and then park them on a lot in hopes of a buyer.

Ya dingbat; an airplane is "ordered" and then the order is filled.

Somebody will now have to wait a bit for their "toy" since the damaged ones are now scrap and have to be rebuilt.

You really aren't that smart, are ya.

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frank.foreman July 08 2014 at 11:08 PM

Headnod insurance claims. Straight to NEW YORK , and banked in the Montana mountains. Great click , awesome gig.

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snhhert July 08 2014 at 11:09 AM

That's crazy. Hope they get the passengers out safely.

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soarflight snhhert July 08 2014 at 6:44 PM

Ha Ha! I like this, that was funny. Surely you were just joking and you knew that there were no passengers on those plane parts on rail....I HOPE you were not serious for your sake :)

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tdiplaci snhhert July 08 2014 at 8:11 PM

They were all safely strapped in and wearing helmets.

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