NEW YORK, April 15 A Spirit Aerosystems
manufacturing facility in Wichita, Kansas that makes fuselages
for Boeing Co's 7-7 series planes was shut down after a
tornado damaged roofs and knocked out power Saturday night, a
Spirit spokesman said.
"We do believe that the majority of our operational
capabilities and facilities are intact," Spirit spokesman Ken
Evans said. "We're confident we're going to get operations going
He said employees were told not to report to work, but to
"stay close." All employees were safe, he said.
A Boeing spokesman said the company was still assessing
damage at the facility and it was too early to tell how its
production might be affected.
About 97 tornadoes touched down in Kansas overnight and
about 40 percent of the state was under a tornado warning at one
time or another, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said.