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April 14, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Tornadoes damage Boeing plant in Wichita

The Wichita Eagle reported on its website Saturday evening that the storms caused heavy damage at Spirit AeroSystems, Boeing and McConnell Air Force Base.

Boeing spokesman Forrest Gossett told the Eagle that the plant “took a direct hit.” A skeleton crew was on duty, he said, but there were no immediate reports of injuries. The company won’t be able to assess the damage until morning, he said, but it was extensive.

At Spirit AeroSystems, the paper reported, part of the side of the manufacturing process facility was also gone once the storm passed. Officials there also were working late Saturday night to assess damage, and the plant was without power. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Debris was along MacArthur Road along the plant.

KAKE TV reported extensive damage at Spirit Aerosystems buildings IPB3 and IPB 4 in South Wichita. Spirit Aerosystems is Wichita’s largest employer and a key Boeing supplier.

Spirit spokesperson Jarrod Bartlett said, “We are suspending operations tonight; employees who were scheduled to report to work tonight or tomorrow should not report unless contacted directly. We will not be able to fully assess the damage until daylight.”

Read more from the Wichita Eagle.

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