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19770Windmill mysteriously damaged in UK

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  • Ed Stamm
    Jan 9, 2009
      Local residents in Lincolnshire, England suspect a wind turbine was
      hit and damaged by a UFO:


      UFO blamed for destruction of wind turbine
      UFOs have been blamed for destroying a wind turbine after a bizarre
      incident that has baffled engineers.

      By Matthew Moore
      Last Updated: 5:31PM GMT 08 Jan 2009
      Damaged wind turbine - UFOs spotted 'by hundreds' at wind turbine site
      The wind turbine at the centre of the mystery Photo: NEWSTEAM

      Locals in Lincolnshire reported seeing mysterious glowing orbs in the
      evening sky shortly before the giant structure was wrecked.

      More mundane theories for the cause of the damage – from a block of
      frozen urine dropped by a passing plane, to simple mechanical failure
      – have been mooted, but none has yet proved conclusive.

      "It sounds unbelievable but actually we don't have any explanation at
      the moment," said Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity, the energy
      company which owns the wind farm at Conisholme near Louth.

      At least half a dozen Lincolnshire residents reported seeing the
      orange-yellow spheres, which some witnesses claimed were trailing
      octopus-like "tentacles".

      Dorothy Willows, who lives a mile and a half from the farm, said she
      saw a "low-flying object skimming across the sky towards the turbines"
      on Sunday evening.

      In the early hours of the following morning a 213 ft fibre glass
      turbine at the farm was left crippled, with locals reporting hearing a
      loud bang like thunder. One of the £1 million turbine's 65 ft blades
      was ripped off clean off and thrown to the ground, while another was
      severely damaged.

      Although no foreign debris was found at the site, rumours of a
      possible alien collision quickly spread among local residents. RAF
      Scampton, the nearby base that hosts the Red Arrows display team, said
      it had no planes flying that night.

      Robert Palmer, chairman of East Lindsey District Council and one of
      those who claimed to have seen the lights, said that he was keeping an
      open mind.

      "I would be very interested to find out what it was. If we are being
      looked at by other people, by other planets, it would be interesting
      to find out why they have chosen this part of the country," he said.

      But wind farm experts said the explanation was likely to be
      mechanical, not extra-terrestrial.

      Fraser McLachlan of GCube, which insures more than 25,000 wind
      turbines, said it was extremely unlikely that any external object hit
      the turbine. He said there were five or six instances a year of blades
      separating of their own accord, usually due to construction faults.

      "Water could have got into hairline cracks in the blade, weakening the
      structure when it turned into ice, or it's possible that the blades
      were just poorly attached to the hub," he said. "Sometimes machines
      just break."

      Dr Peter Schubel from the University of Nottingham, an expert in the
      design and manufacture of wind turbine blades, said that it could have
      been struck by ice thrown from a neighbouring turbine.

      Professor Christopher French of Goldsmiths University in London,
      editor of The Skeptic magazine, which investigates paranormal claims,
      said that the lights in the sky could have been caused by aircraft,
      satellite debris or a meteorite.

      "Any of these explanations, plus several others, appear to me to be
      much more plausible than the idea that technologically advanced aliens
      have travelled light years across space but then bumped into a wind
      turbine," he said.

      Mr Vince said that fragments for the blade had been sent for analysis
      by the manufacturers Enercon, and that they expected to have an
      explanation by next Wednesday, by when the damaged blade should have
      been repaired. "We are focusing on the rational, not the paranormal,"
      he added.
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