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Ecotricity claim UFO is 'bottom of probability list' for Conisholme wind turbine mystery

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: January 16, 2009

<P>The damaged wind turbine at Conisholme.</P>

The damaged wind turbine at Conisholme.

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THE company behind a mysteriously damaged wind turbine have said UFOs are at the bottom of its probability list for the cause.

Ecotricity has started rebuilding work on the turbine at Fen Farm in Conisholme.

The cranes are on site now and three replacement blades and central hub are already on site ready to be lifted into place.

The company said the investigation into the cause of the damage which happened on January 4 has as yet to draw any conclusions.

As reported in the Target, the damaged wind turbine dominated the national press after witnesses reported sightings of UFOs shortly before the damage was found.

Dale Vince, managing director of Ecotricity said: "To be honest we had a lot of fun with this, and that took the edge off what was otherwise a serious and very bad event for us."

The company are waiting for forensic results on the damaged blade and say there are a number of likely culprits being investigated, including collision (UFO included), lightning, material failure, design failure and maintenance failure.

Mr Vince said: "The investigation is narrowing down the options, we are closer to an understanding of what happened but we're not there yet.

"Sadly for the UFO enthusiasts we can still see no evidence for collision. If an object collided with the turbine you would expect some debris on the ground and some 'exchange' of materials on the blade surface. Investigation of the 'bent' blade once it's removed may shed some light on this. It is more than likely, as many have suggested, that the fallen blade hit and broke the second blade on the way down."

Mr Vince added: "As for UFOs? I believe absolutely that intelligent life exists in the universe. But I doubt that if it could get here from another galaxy it would crash into a windmill – then again accidents will happen.

"All good fun. But seriously UFOs are bottom of my probability list."

Coun Robert Palmer, chairman of East Lindsey District Council, as reported, was one of the witnesses who saw mysterious lights in the sky shortly before the damage.

He said since the incident, he has been inundated with letters from people across the country sharing their UFO experiences.

He said: "It is amazing the response this incident has generated. I have had a lot of letters form people saying they have seen similar things before. Some say how they have seen things in the sky drop like a stone and then hover above the ground before taking off again. It's fascinating really."

turbine repairs: The damaged turbine at Conisholme is soon to be repaired but Ecotricity the company who owns the wind farm claim the cause is very unlikely to have been UFOs.

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