UFO blamed for wrecking wind turbine after 65ft-long blade is ripped off

Posted on 5:36 AM by Sameer Shah

An investigation was underway today into how a wind turbine had a 65ft-long blade torn off - after locals claimed UFOs were behind it.

Baffled residents of Conisholme, Lincolnshire, had reported strange ‘flashing orangey-yellow spheres’ striking the generator the evening before the mystery incident.

Then, at 4am, locals heard a ‘massive bang’ and reported lights in the vicinity of the noise.

By dawn the 290ft-tall turbine was a wreck, with one of its three blades twisted while another was missing. It was later found on the ground nearby.

There were no reports of low-flying aircraft in the area at the time of the incident on Sunday morning.

The RAF, which bases its Red Arrows at nearby Scampton, said they did not have any flights at the weekend.

Ecotricity, the company that owns the windfarm, admitted: ‘We don’t know what caused the problem. We are investigating.

The damage was described by the Health and Safety Executive as a 'unique incident'

But many locals are now pointing the blame at the ‘Octopus UFO’ – so named because of the tentacles and how the lights appeared joined in formation.

Robert Palmer, 66, leader of East Lindsey District Council and 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 Palmer, who also runs a turkey farm, said: 'I saw a white light. It seemed to be above or in the direction of the wind turbine.

'My wife said it was like the North Star but then it should have been behind us and the light was too low.

'I don't know what it was. Whether it was a large plane, but it didn't seem to be moving.

'I have also heard that there was something structurally wrong (with the turbine). If it was frozen and there was a defect, the blade could have shattered.'

He added: '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.

'It's a rich agricultural part of the country and we have got a concentration of turbines here which may have fascinated them. You just don't know, do you?

'I am not counting it out that it was a UFO. There are things out there that you cannot explain.'

Others told how the lights looked like balls of flames.

Lesley Whittingham, 71, who took a picture of the light, said: ‘It looked like a giant explosion in the air.’

John Harrison, another witness, described how he looked out of his landing window and saw a ‘massive ball of light with tentacles going right down to the ground’ over the wind farm.

He told The Sun: ‘It was huge. With the tentacles it looked just like an octopus.’

UFO expert Russ Kellett said: ‘We are very, very excited about this.’

However, another possible explantion could be that the cold weather caused the blade to shear.

Fraser McLachlan, chief executive of GCube, which insures more than 25,000 wind turbines worldwide, said that although it is unusual, this type of incident happens about five or six times a year.

'It does happen that a blade will sometimes just come off a machine for one reason or another," he said. "The main reason is the blade may shear.

'We don't normally see things like aircraft - or UFOs - hitting them. It's usually a mechanical failure that causes the blade to separate from the main hub.'

The freezing weather was another possible cause of the breakage, he said, adding that it could cost up to £250,000 to repair.

The Ministry of Defence said it was not looking into the incident.

A spokesman said: 'The MoD examines reports solely to establish whether UK airspace may have been compromised by hostile or unauthorised military activity.

'Unless there's evidence of a potential threat, there's no attempt to identify the nature of each sighting reported.

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