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Airline fuselages to be pulled from Montana river

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Removing three Boeing 737 fuselages from the Clark Fork River in western Montana following a train derailment could take until Tuesday.

Montana Rail Link spokeswoman Lynda Frost says progress at the site on Sunday is slow as a crew of 50 with eight heavy equipment machines worked in conjunction on the steep bank.

No one was injured when 19 cars from a westbound train derailed Thursday about 10 miles west of Alberton. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

The train carried six fuselages. Three others also fell off but stayed on land.

Boeing says it has experts at the scene to assess the damage.

The fuselages were traveling from a Spirit AeroSystems plant in Wichita, Kansas, to a Boeing facility in Renton, Washington, to be assembled into airliners.

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Crews on Sunday will attempt to remove three Boeing 737 fuselages that tumbled down a steep bank and into the Clark Fork River in western Montana after a train derailed.

Montana Rail Link spokeswoman Lynda Frost said Saturday that it's unclear the type of challenge involved because it's the first time the company has faced such a task.

No one was injured when 19 cars from a westbound train derailed Thursday about 10 miles west of Alberton. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

The train carried six fuselages. Three others also fell off but stayed on land. Frost says Boeing has had workers at the scene assessing the damage.

The fuselages were headed to Renton, Washington, to be assembled into completed airliners.

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A freight train derailed in western Montana, sending three cars carrying aircraft components down a steep embankment and into the Clark Fork River.

Montana Rail Link spokeswoman Lynda Frost says 19 cars from a westbound train derailed Thursday about 10 miles 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. Frost says the alcohol didn't leak and no soybeans spilled. She said crews were working to remove the aircraft parts from the water.

Frost says the components were headed to Renton, Washington.

Trains were being rerouted while repairs are made. Frost says the line is expected to reopen by Saturday evening.

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