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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : 2d7|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||ground other : taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
On landing a 1938 J-3 cub and taxiing to hangar lower strut broke from inside rust. No damage to airframe. Just landing gear and propeller and lower cowl. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following information: reporter stated that the place of the incident was beach city, oh, airport. He stated that the aircraft was just completely restored from the ground up approximately a yr ago and that he was surprised that the rust was not found at that time. However, he further stated that the rust was hard to see until the strut broke since the location was only at the bottom on the strut where it attaches to the wheel. He believes that the water gets into the strut up at the bungee attachment point and runs down to the lower wheel attachment where it is blocked from escaping.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: LOWER LNDG STRUT BROKE DURING LNDG AND TAXI RESULTING IN DAMAGE TO THE ACFT LNDG GEAR, PROP AND ENG COWLING.
Narrative: ON LNDG A 1938 J-3 CUB AND TAXIING TO HANGAR LOWER STRUT BROKE FROM INSIDE RUST. NO DAMAGE TO AIRFRAME. JUST LNDG GEAR AND PROP AND LOWER COWL. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING INFO: RPTR STATED THAT THE PLACE OF THE INCIDENT WAS BEACH CITY, OH, ARPT. HE STATED THAT THE ACFT WAS JUST COMPLETELY RESTORED FROM THE GND UP APPROX A YR AGO AND THAT HE WAS SURPRISED THAT THE RUST WAS NOT FOUND AT THAT TIME. HOWEVER, HE FURTHER STATED THAT THE RUST WAS HARD TO SEE UNTIL THE STRUT BROKE SINCE THE LOCATION WAS ONLY AT THE BOTTOM ON THE STRUT WHERE IT ATTACHES TO THE WHEEL. HE BELIEVES THAT THE WATER GETS INTO THE STRUT UP AT THE BUNGEE ATTACHMENT POINT AND RUNS DOWN TO THE LOWER WHEEL ATTACHMENT WHERE IT IS BLOCKED FROM ESCAPING.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.