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The lower surface of the 90-degree gearbox exhibited fracture surfaces of the six attachment studs. Fretting was observed on the lower surface where the gearbox quill assembly was attached. The fracture surfaces for the six attachment studs each showed one or two relatively flat regions with smooth curving boundaries typical of fatigue. Multiple origin sites were identified on each stud, with observed ratchet marks. All of the origin areas were circumferentially aligned with the center of the gearbox, with origins on both sides of each stud, except for one stud, which had an origin area on only one side. In each case, the larger fatigue region had origins on the counter-clockwise side of the stud (as viewed from above, from the center of the gearbox).