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This chapter explains how investigators determined that a stabilizer link rod fractured due to overload, possibly by a combination of tension and bending forces that occurred during an accident. It includes images comparing the fractured rod with its undamaged counterpart recovered from the starboard side of the aircraft. A close-up view of the threads near the fracture surface provides evidence of bending, while the presence of dimples in an SEM fractograph supports the theory that the link rod failed as a result of overload.

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