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The quill shaft in an aircraft engine was found in two pieces following a flameout. One piece was short, straight, and otherwise undamaged; the other piece was bent in several places as was the sleeve that covered it. The facture surface, as viewed under optical and scanning electron microscopes, was flat and shiny with deformation marks and dimples, typical of torsional overload, and signs of severe rubbing on the periphery. Based on their observations, investigators concluded that the quill shaft failed by torsional overload, the source of which could not be determined.

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