Aliens probably not to blame for mangled turbine

By stoplenchwickwindfarm | January 9, 2009


News update : From Times Online; January 8, 2009

An investigation was under way today into how a 65ft blade was mysteriously torn off a wind turbine amid reports of “strange lights” in the sky.

The 300ft turbine at Conisholme in Lincolnshire was left wrecked after the incident. The Sun quoted residents speculating that the damage could have been caused by a UFO.

Ecotricity, the company which operates the turbine, said it was investigating the unprecedented incident. A spokeswoman said: “We’re conducting a thorough investigation into what happened. This kind of thing has never happened to us before.”

The missing blade was found on the ground beneath the turbine, she said, adding that the company could not speculate on the cause of the damage. “An engineer has been on the site since it happened, early on Sunday morning, and is carrying out a sort of forensic investigation.”



The apparently mysterious wrecking of a wind turbine in Lincolnshire was probably caused by mechanical failure induced by this week’s cold snap — and not aliens, as had been suggested — said Fraser McLachlan, chief executive of GCube, which insures wind farms.

UFO groups said that they had been inundated with calls reporting strange lights in the sky at the time the turbine was damaged. Robert Palmer, 66, a turkey farmer who is also leader of East Lindsey District Council and a member of Lincolnshire County Council, said he saw a bright white light with an orange edge as he drove close to the turbine on Sunday morning.

Mr McLachlan said: “We see things five or six times a year that look like this. It does happen that a blade will sometimes just come off a machine.”

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