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Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River 187

Posted by timothy
from the fell-off-the-truck dept.
McGruber (1417641) writes "Boeing builds its 737 airplane fuselages in a Wichita, Kansas factory. The fuselages are then shipped on top of railroad flatcars (as shown in this photograph) to Boeing's Renton, Washington plant, where assembly is completed. Unfortunately, a train carrying two fuselages to Renton derailed approximately 18 miles east of Superior, Montana. The 737s slid down a steep embankment and ended up in the Clark Fork River. That'll buff right out."
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Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

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  • Warranty (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 04, 2014 @08:04PM (#47386117)

    I think that's gonna void the warranty... .High*Ping*Drifter.

    "When in doubt, I whip it out!"

    • crazy clown airlines will take them.

  • that leaves...?

  • Alcohol (Score:5, Funny)

    by marciot (598356) on Friday July 04, 2014 @08:46PM (#47386259)

    According to the article, there was alcohol involved.

  • by nut (19435) on Friday July 04, 2014 @09:47PM (#47386395) Homepage

    And this is news for nerds how?

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by NIK282000 (737852)

      More alarmingly, I just got a god damned auto playing overlay video ad.

      • by Mashiki (184564)

        More alarmingly, I just got a god damned auto playing overlay video ad.

        Explain quickly why you're not blocking ads and scripts? Considering both are the most common methods of malware attacks against all OS's.

        • by dbIII (701233)
          Really "all" or do only Microsoft operating systems count to you? While I've got the scripts turned off to avoid annoyance surely javascript can do no more than fuck up your browser settings in any non-MS operating system these days?
          • I guess you are forgetting the multitude of Flash and Java applet vulnerabilities that have come to light over the past few years, most of them cross platform in nature.

        • by NIK282000 (737852)

          Ads supply the money that runs the web. As much as Dice blows, they need to make money to keep the site up. With the readership they are hanging on to they need all the hits they can get.

    • Hey this is cool in a nerdy sort of way.
      Like Big Bertha in Seattle.

    • by aliquis (678370)

      And this is news for nerds how?

      because trains!

  • a few taps with a hammer, a little Bondo, some paint and everything will be just fine.
  • I think the cost will be picked up the the railway, and by insurance so no biggie for Boeing except that they will be late in delivering those planes.

    • by mpe (36238)
      I think the cost will be picked up the the railway, and by insurance so no biggie for Boeing except that they will be late in delivering those planes.

      Wonder which airline(s) will be waiting longer for their planes.
  • They 'flew' right into the river, so they've seen some use - I'm sure they'll end up used for training and/or as props in a movies. The point is they still have significant value thru more than one channel.
    • That.Is.Awesome.
    • by Snufu (1049644)

      Now THAT is a fishing story.

  • by MouseR (3264) on Saturday July 05, 2014 @01:31AM (#47386983) Homepage

    To lower the number of injuries per crash.

  • Two of them? Great would make an awesome houseboat. I wonder if you they would sell them for scrape.

  • Boeing still builds the 737...

  • by Bazman (4849) on Saturday July 05, 2014 @04:35AM (#47387313) Journal

    Its clearly not news, because it happens on a regular basis [newstalkkgvo.com] it seems.

    • by Reziac (43301) *

      I live next to the track that carries these fuselages through Montana. There's a siding here so it's a slow-speed area, thus subject to less than average stress. Even so MT Rail Link is out here once or twice a month repairing track, because our climate heaves it around pretty good no matter how well it's built. So yeah, there are going to be derailments once in a while.

      I like someone's notion of salvaging a couple of 'em into the mother of all houseboats. :)

  • A plane model that flew first in 1967 and an accident on a transportation system that's almost 2 centuries old.

    I fail to see the nerd angle.
    Can anybody enlighten me?

    • A plane model that flew first in 1967 and an accident on a transportation system that's almost 2 centuries old.

      I fail to see the nerd angle.
      Can anybody enlighten me?

      Chesley Sullenberger [wikipedia.org] was driving the train.

  • According to a photographer that hiked into the scene and posted his photographs, there were 6 (six) 737 fuselages on the train and 5 of those are heavily damaged:

    Trainorders.com - Birds in the Water!!!! [trainorders.com]

    The photographer also thinks this derailment will really screw up Boeing's 737 production:

    The 737 bodies did remain firmly attached to the flatcars for the most part. The only one to show signs of weakness in mounting was the one with the huge crack around the middle. What is going to hurt Boeing is not only having 6 missing aircraft, but losing the 6 fuselage carrier car sets. I imagine both BNSF and Boeing want those cars sent to the repair shop ASAP!

    • by ZorinLynx (31751)

      Anyone else getting tired of sites demanding that you log in to see photos?

      I don't care if it's a FREE account; I'm not going through the trouble of making an account I'll never use again just to see some photos!

      Whoever came up with this practice needs to be forced to watch the Star Wars Holiday Special on infinite repeat. With the Boba Fett cartoon cut out.

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