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Some interesting and pathetic excuses, from ice to swamp gas...ROFLMAO. Swamp gas in Lincoln.HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
There is not an aircraft from this world that can survive a collision with one of these, so come on government, lets have the TRUTH for once
Last edited by Lofty (2009-01-11 11:48:01)
Well, the wind turbines are located on the Louth Marshes, so it is understandable why "swamp gas" was (sarcastically, I believe) put forward as an explanation for the reported lights. Personally, I think the most likely scenario is a bearing or root failure on the blade that broke free and it hit one of the other blades on the way past, inflicting damage on that too. A large lump of ice is also feasible, either flung off one of the other turbines nearby (apparently they have had problems with the blade de-icing systems) or a chunk of ice from an overflying airliner. Far fetched though the latter may seem, it has happened many times in the past, the ice falling harmlessly to the ground somewhere, but occasionally it has been known to hit cars, crash through rooftops or splash into village ponds. I don't believe it's selective, so if something is in the way it'll get hit! And a chunk of ice the size of a small doorstep rattling down from 30,000 feet would just about do, I would think. Then, of course, it shatters and is spread around on the ground where it eventually melts. Ergo: no evidence.
The interesting witness statement was the one about the huge glowing light with "tentacles" reaching down around the turbine tower. Could that have been a rare ball lightning or plasma ball merely seeking an earth path down the steel tower?
Best wait for the official report, I reckon, then de-bunk that if it is really silly and far fetched........
Last edited by Quercus (2009-01-11 22:33:35)
With the tips flying at 325mph on these babies (I know because I have worked on them), the departing blade would be flying away from the tower and not colliding with the other blades.
There have been several instances of this happening with the blade being found up to half a mile away.
The question is, where is the other blade, I don't think they have found it yet?
Assuming it was turning at optimum speed when struck, but it might not have been turning at all, or only relatively slowly and the blade may not have broken away cleanly...Who knows? They found the AWOL blade on the ground. The whole story has taken a different turn now, so it will be interesting to hear the eventual explanation from TPTB. I am not convinced it was British Aerospace's prototype "Taranis" UAV. We'll see.