Tuesday, 10 February 2009

'Turbine UFO mystery solved...'

'Claims that a huge wind turbine was destroyed in a collision with an alien spacecraft were dismissed by a report into the mystery yesterday.

Sightings of 'lights in the sky' near the scene in Conisholme, Lincolnshire, prompted worldwide speculation that a UFO had torn off the 165ft blade.

But an inquiry by the company that made the turbine has ruled out any extraterrestrial involvement.

An interim report from the firm, Enercon, has concluded bolts securing the blade to the hub of the turbine failed due to 'material fatigue'.

Further tests are now being carried out to establish whether problems with any of the 'supporting components' led to the problem.

Dale Vince, managing director of Ecotricity, the company that runs the farm, said: 'We hope to have the results back in a few weeks.

'It's a job of separating cause from effect now. We can see which bits are broken, but which bits failed first is what needs investigation.'

Sean Tierney, of the nearby Hull UFO Society, said the 'bright lights' spotted near the scene were probably just Chinese lanterns.

He said: 'Most people don't understand these floating lanterns can perform amazing aerobatics if they are caught in gusts of wind.'

More: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1140669/The-truth-IS-UFO-did-damage-giant-wind-turbine--simply-rusty-bolt.html

I'm sure every fraudulent 'mystic' who claims to speak on behalf of 'ET'- and I can think of one or two- will be rubbing their hands together in glee to see their prejudices confirmed by such a respectable source.

'The damage to one of Ecotricity's wind turbines on Fen Lane, Conisholme, was not caused by a UFO a report has concluded.

Speculation reached fever pitch after a the Louth Leader reported a number of local people seeing strange lights in the sky in the vicinity of the wind park.

But, following several weeks of forensic examination of the turbines components the manufacturer, Enercon, has today ruled out 'collision' as a possible cause.

An interim report has concluded that bolts securing the blade to the hub of the turbine failed due to 'material fatigue'.

The bolts used to attached the blade to the hub of the turbine exhibited classic signs of fatigue failure.

Enercon have ruled out bolt defect due to the nature of the failure and the investigation is now looking into 'supporting components' - those parts on either side of the bolts.'

More: http://www.louthleader.co.uk/news/UFO-turbine-results-are-in.4961891.jp

Is it the bolt or not?

'So it wasn't a bird; it wasn't a plane; it wasn't a piece of ice "about the size and weight of a cow". Nor, disappointingly for conspiracy theorists, was it an alien spacecraft.

It is five weeks since a wind turbine in Lincolnshire mysteriously shattered, amid reports of strange flashing lights and dazzling "tentacles, like an octopus" in the night sky. Deprived of other obvious explanations, the Sun concluded in a front page story that the turbine's 65ft blade had been struck by a UFO.

The Guardian later seemed to have solved part of the mystery, revealing that the "strange lights" had almost certainly been caused by a firework display hosted by the parents of Emily Bell, the paper's director of digital content, but the cause of the broken turbine remained unexplained.

Yesterday, however, the turbine's manufacturer published the preliminary results of an investigation into its failure, revealing a rather more prosaic culprit: a broken bolt.

The mystery began early in the morning of 4 January, when the 300ft turbine, one of 20 at a site run by Ecotricity off the Lincolnshire coast at Conisholme, near Grimsby, was found to have shattered the previous evening.

A number of neighbours contacted local newspapers to report seeing strange lights. Dale Vince, Ecotricity's managing director, told the BBC that the UFO theory was "the best ... that we have currently got", though he added that a cow-sized piece of ice, perhaps falling from a passing plane, would also do it.

In fact, discovered Enercon, the firm which made the generator, the bolts securing the blade to the turbine's hub "exhibited classic signs of fatigue failure". Though the bolts themselves had shown no flaws, it seemed a component part on either side had "induced stress in the bolts beyond their design limits".

The humdrum truth, Vince admitted yesterday, was "a bit disappointing", though he defended his decision to entertain the possibility of alien involvement. "Personally I believe in life from other galaxies, and a lot of people do. I can say, however, at this stage we have eliminated collision and therefore aliens."

He is not quite ready to declare the mystery definitively solved, however. "I still don't think the firework display explains the flashing lights ... they don't tend to hang around in the way these lights are said to have done. There was no scorching, nothing burned or melted, so the lights, whatever they were, were certainly not associated with the turbine failure."

More: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/feb/11/wind-turbine-mystery


Anadæ Effro said...


Ben Fairhall said...

It's only to be expected. It's the idiot remarks by the 'Ufologist' that tickles me.

I wonder how many witnesses this 'expert' has interviewed in arriving at this considered conclusion?

Anadæ Effro said...

Most likely none whatsoever. You know, bought-&-paid-for, much like our HuLu=Cthulhu spokeperson, Mr Alec Baldwin. Feh.

tommy said...

"Sean Tierney, of the nearby Hull UFO Society, said the 'bright lights' spotted near the scene were probably just Chinese lanterns.

So in other words, he's guessing.

Ben Fairhall said...

He's talking utter shite, of course.

But leave it to the self-appointed UFO 'experts'- those who fraudently claim to have encountered 'ET'- to tell us what happened.

Almost as meaningful as Jake Kotze and his so-called 'gnosis'- ie, not at all.

Christopher Knowles said...

This is the usual pattern- wait until no one is paying attention and then wrap it all up in a little tidy package. There's no actual proof, no dissenting voices, no response from witnesses.

This is a tried and true technique that is used almost single time. And all these sorts of tricks do for me is make me wonder if it was in fact something odd. It's not the crime, in other words.

Ben Fairhall said...

Good point, Chris, thanks.

tommy said...

I have not experienced ET (as in Close Encounter of the Third Kind, as far as I know) but I have sighted a UFO from indoors 4 stories up, hovering up high over the streets (approximately 150 meters up) and then darting away. I don't have any conclusions on Jake's writings. Aeolus Kephas posted an interesting "deconstruction" of Jake's latest post over at Stormy Weather... Might interest you.

FilmNoir23 said...

Are we surprised with the findings? Same old tunes for a different day...

Can we even begin to imagine what it would be like if someone on HIGH actually confirmed ONE of these things...I can't anymore...something tells me that's the point to it.