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Abstract

A single-engine aircraft was climbing to 8000 ft when the engine suddenly lost power. The landing gear was torn off during the emergency landing. During the field investigation, the fuel line was found to be separated from the fuel pump outlet due to a failure of the elbow fitting. A bracket which supports the in-line fuel flow transducer also was found broken. Examination of the elbow fracture revealed characteristics of low-cycle fatigue failure. Examination of the support bracket fractures revealed a high-cycle mode of fatigue failure, with the primary fatigue extending along the full length of the 90 deg bend in the bracket. It was concluded that the failure was caused by an incorrectly-installed support bracket. It was recommended that the installation procedure be clarified.

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J.W. Hutchinson, 2019. "Airplane Fuel Line Support Bracket Failure", ASM Failure Analysis Case Histories: Air and Spacecraft

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