Wichita aircraft companies hit by storm



WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita aircraft manufacturing sites were damaged in the heavy weekend storms and tornadoes that hit the area.

Boeing says the storms that started late Saturday damaged at least three of the company’s buildings in Wichita. Boeing spokeswoman Yvonne Johnson-Jones said Sunday that the company is still assessing the damage and isn’t commenting yet on whether any of its aircraft were damaged.

Spirit AeroSystems spokeswoman Debbie Gann said some of that company’s building sustained significant damage.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/HKhSsJ ) that one of Hawker Beechcraft’s buildings lost part of a roof and repairs were under Sunday.

A tornado in Wichita also damaged McConnell Air Force Base and a mobile home park. The storms also struck in Nebraska, Iowa and Oklahoma, where five people died.