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In a scenario where we have the following lightning payment channels:

Alice <-> Bob <-> Carol <-> Dave

Alice wants to pay Dave. Dave generates a payment request by selecting a random R and providing to Alice HASH(R).

This is routed via Bob and Carol, because Alice has no channel with Dave. It is clear that R is passed from one to another, but what happens if one hop goes suddenly down, for example Bob goes down after Carol received R from Dave.