Rafters: Fuselages looked like plane crashes

Rafters: Fuselages looked like plane crashes

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by KGW.com & AP Staff

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Posted on July 8, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 9 at 8:26 AM

MISSOULA, Mont. – The group of rafters who first spotted the unusual sight of Boeing fuselages sliding into the Clark Fork River said it was unreal.

A train transporting the fuselages derailed last week, sending three huge pieces of the Boeing planes into the water.

The rafters said it was certainly not something you expect to see in nature.

"When you first come upon it, it looks like a plane just crashed into the side of a mountain," one of the rafters recalled.

"I've seen some interesting things in the water, but nothing like some giant 747 fuselages," another rafter said.

Meantime, crews pulled the last fuselage out of the water on Tuesday.  Boeing officials said they don’t know what the company will do with the damaged planes.

A total of 19 train cars derailed Thursday, spilling three fuselages into the river and three more near the tracks. The fuselages and their flatbed cars weighed a combined 70 tons each.

The fuselages and other airplane parts were being transported from a manufacturing plant in Wichita, Kansas, to Boeing facilities in Washington state.

Railway officials continue to investigate the cause of the derailment.

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