UPDATE 1-Boeing to recover remaining fuselage from derailed train -railway

Tue Jul 8, 2014 1:27pm EDT
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By Alwyn Scott

NEW YORK, July 8 (Reuters) - The last of six Boeing Co fuselages damaged in a train derailment were expected to be recovered on Tuesday, the railway said, clearing the way for full train service to resume.

But it remained unclear when Boeing's assessment of the damage to its aircraft parts would be finished.

Nineteen cars in a 90-car BNSF Railway Co train derailed on July 3 near Rivulet, Montana. The train carried six 737 narrow-body fuselages and assemblies for Boeing's 777 and 747 wide-body jets. Three of the fuselages went into the Clark Fork River.

The third of those fuselages was due to be recovered on Tuesday, after the other two were recovered on Sunday and Monday, said Lynda Frost, a spokeswoman for Montana Rail Link, a private company that operates on the track where the accident occurred.

While the wreck raised concerns that Boeing's tightly orchestrated supply-chain could be disrupted, possibly leading to a production shut down, analysts said they expect Boeing can easily recoup the lost production by year-end.

Boeing said on Tuesday it continued to assess the damage, and the cause of the derailment remained under investigation.

Boeing has said that the 777 and 747 parts appeared undamaged and were being shipped to its assembly plant in Everett, Washington.   Continued...