reply to post by BornPatriot
OK, let's look at this again shall we?
IF it was a gearbox failure, or other stress / structural failure that destroyed this turbine, where is the missing blade?
A 20 meter blade, just dissapears?
Aparently, the farmer involved in the story, says just before a huge bang was heard, he saw UFO over the turbines.
He described it as " A massive ball of light with multiple tentacles, that reached the ground".
Doen't sound like a gearbox failure to me...especially as the turbine wasn't moving at the time due to no wind. Bit hard to rotate to destruction
(which is what these things do in high enough winds, when a governor fails), when it's not rotating eh? ;-)
Anyone heard of any other UFO reports from the area, on the same night?
Anything else, would leave evidence. A meteor would leave burns, an a rather large hole in the ground, at least a few fragmets.
An aeroplane/heli, would have been destroyed in the collision, and that would have been found.
Same thing with a missile.
Vandalism / sabbotage is a possible i s'pose, but would have had to be very orgainised. And why just the one turbine affected if this is the case?
So, what do we have?
A very damaged turbine, with a 60-70 ft blade just missing, that was not rotating/generating at the time.
No sign of debris from aircraft, or reports of the same missing/damaged.
No meteor fragments, physical traces such as burns, ground impact or fragments (even a 100m airburst would yeild fragments or traces)
A sighting at around 04:00hrs, of a 'massive' ball of light, trailing tentacle like fillaments of light to the ground. According to the witness, he
had never seen anything like it before. It reminded him of an immense lit octopus.
No proof of anything, i'll grant you, but it's a hell of a lot more to go on than the gearbox, aircraft or meteor hypothesis.