Spirit AeroSystems has released several images of the destruction at its sprawling plant in Wichita, Kansas. Its production facilities for Boeing commercial aircraft and other airframers were hit by a Category 3 tornado on
It's still too soon to know how the damage will disrupt assembly lines in Renton and Everett, but Spirit AeroSystems already acknowledges that the short-term delivery schedule is "obviously" impacted.
Despite the destruction shown in the photos, Spirit AeroSystems says its "production capabilities" -- presumably, the tooling jigs and machine shops -- are "essentially intact". [See new photo of undamaged 737 fuselage assembly stations below]. More news coverage is here.
Spirit AeroSystems chief executive Jeff Turner briefed local news media at 14:00 in Wichita. The communications staff, which still has no access to email, has been heroically posting important updates on Twitter. They also live-tweeted Turner's press conference. Here is what they reported Turner said:
Turner: Power is now up in all substations. Key is to make infrastructure safe, then we can return to production.
Turner: telling most suppliers to keep building, but wait to ship. We are gaining confidence hour by hour. Much different than Sat night.
Turner: production facility overall looks very good, except for debris. Tools and product overall look fine. We may ship some things soon.
Turner: no major production areas are ruined, they just need attention and safety prep.
Turner: a number of areas are production-worthy, just a few are not. Need power, gas, water etc.