Train carrying Boeing 737 fuselages derailed by tornado

Boeing is assessing the damage to 737 fuselages after a tornado ripped the train carrying them off its tracks in Nebraska yesterday.

The incident was caught in a video.

Boeing 737 fuselages are built by Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, then put on a train for the journey to Boeing’s Renton, Wash., plant for assembly.

“We’ve got a team of folks that are down and they are looking at the fuselages to determine the extent of any damage,” Boeing spokesman Larry Wilson said when I caught up with him at the Paris Air Show this morning.

Reports were still sketchy. Wilson did not immediately know how many fuselages were on the train.

The extent of any damage will determine what the company’s next step will be, Wilson said.

Spirit spokeswoman Debbie Gann said Spirit stands ready to support Boeing in any way it can.