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The truck beam of the left main landing gear (MGL) of a Boeing 707 airplane collapsed on the ground just after the aircraft was unloaded and refueled. The investigation revealed that failure was caused by the propagation of an intergranular crack originating from the bottom of the pit. The crack reached the critical size and caused failure by stress-corrosion cracking (SCC) under static loading conditions in service. The failed beam was protected by a well adhering paint system. However, the presence of adequate amounts of corrosion preventive compound films (CPC) on the surfaces of the failed beam could not be conclusively established because of the long term service exposure and presence of lubricants.

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A.M. Abdel-Latif, M. Roth, M. Yanishcvsky, Failure Investigation of a Structural Component of the Main Landing Gear of a Transport Aircraft, ASM Failure Analysis Case Histories: Air and Spacecraft, ASM International, 2019,

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