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July 6, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Tough task pulling fuselages from Montana river

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Removing three Boeing 737 fuselages from the Clark Fork River in western Montana after 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 works 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, Kan., to be assembled into airliners at a Boeing facility in Renton.

This July 5 photo shows components of three Boeing aircraft sitting near or in the Clark Fork River on July 3 after the train carrying them derailed near Missoula, Montana. The parts were being transported from Kansas City, Missouri, to their final assembly location at a Boeing facility in Renton. (Wiley E. Waters Whitewater Rafting / European Pressphoto Agency)

This July 5 photo shows components of three Boeing aircraft sitting near or in the Clark Fork River on July 3 after the train carrying them derailed near Missoula, Mont. The parts were being transported from Kansas City, Mo., to their final assembly location at a Boeing facility in Renton. (Wiley E. Waters Whitewater Rafting / European Pressphoto Agency)

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