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Security operatives backed by snarling dogs have sealed off the Conisholme wind farm in Lincolnshire, to prevent alien hunters making off with the remains of the UFO which earlier this month seriously damaged one of the turbines, the Sun reports. Ufologists are pretty well convinced there is an extraterrestrial explanation for …

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  1. mark Silver badge
    Thumb Up

    funny

    but a (MOD) spokesman said: "That's so secret it's beyond above top secret, I'm afraid."

    what a comedian!

    cant blame hin in light of the nature of the allegation / enquiry

  2. Benny
    Alien

    Damn, I was wrong

    And there I was thinking it was a lump of blue ice from an air-o-plane..

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    er...

    If it was my wind farm, I wouldn't want a bunch of gullible/deranged/clinically insane/paranoid idiots running around on my private property trying to make off with "souvenirs" either.

  4. oxo
    Alien

    Well..

    I for one welcome our new windmill-smashing overlords.

  5. Ian Ferguson
    Stop

    What?

    “If a stealth aircraft struck the turbine, it may be made of some material which is itself classified above top secret.”

    Eh? Or, it might be made out of steel. Or carbon fibre. Or cheese. It may be shaped like a raspberry. Or it may have come from Mars. Or you might be speaking out of your arse. Idiot.

    Occam's razor means nothing to these people. Is there an equivalent expression that assumes the most complicated, unlikely explanation for the simplest of mysteries? How about Occam's Gillette Mach3 Turbo Champion?

  6. Perpetual Cyclist
    Alien

    Don't ya just love it?

    The great advantage of conspiracy theorists is that it is impossible to prove them wrong. Just imagine the lawer's fees if a UFOlogist was injured or killed by a falling , broken turbine blade, as he sought to retrieve incontrovertible proof of our alien overlords. Of course site security has been beefed up. We must keep that evidence (of inadequate maintenance? ) from the public at all costs.

    The sad thing is that it all distracts from serious conspiracies like the stitch up of alternative energy suppliers by the nuclear lobby....

  7. Lyndon Hills

    Playmobil

    After reading the first paragraph I expected a playmobil depiction of the site. We know you have most of the necessary elements.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "an ultrasecret robot stealth aircraft project"...

    ...would actually be a "UFO" wouldn't it.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Alien

    3rd Rock Stupidity?

    Technologically super advanced aliens traveled light years across the reaches of space to visit earth and... crash their ship into a wind turbine? Even the mention of ET's in this instance is absurd in the extreme.

  10. MattW

    UFO's my ar*e

    So one blade failing at the hub couldn't take out another as the windmill continued to rotate?

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Go

    Experts=Shepherds?

    "Security operatives backed by snarling dogs"

    "German experts have indeed now moved in"

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    As predicted then

    Start a UFO flap and see what happens.

    As soon as there's a flap UFO "enthusiasts" will be all over it with their cameras and geiger counters. The people who own the alleged location of the UFO incident don't want a load of people running all over it so they increase security. The UFO crowd will then claim the increased security proves there is something to cover up.

    Enquiries conclude that a perfectly normal incident is responsible (equipment failure, fireworks, civil air traffic, whatever). The UFO crowd state that this is proof that there is a cover up.

    The MOD deny that anything unidentified showed up on radar at the time. The UFOlofists say that this means something IDENTIFIED showed up on radar and therefore the incident was caused by a top secret stealth vehicle.

    MOD deny that any such vehicle exists. To a UFOlogist an outright denial is concrete proof.

    Rinse and repeat for as long as it takes you to get bored with the convoluted (ahem!) logic of the UFOlogist.

  13. Ad Fundum
    Black Helicopters

    Challenge Churchill!

    Dale Vince of Ecotricity, which operates the site, said last week: "We don't have an explanation at the moment as to what the cause was. We have been crawling all over it and have sent bits off for analysis to see if we can work out what caused it. Until we have some idea, some plausible explanation that it was not a UFO, I don't think we should rule it out."

    Good luck trying to claim that one back on your insurance.

  14. ben
    Alien

    hmm

    "That's so secret it's beyond above top secret, I'm afraid."

    Surely that’s an admission that they in fact do have some secret alloy!!!

  15. Lee Stacey
    Alert

    Of course

    It was a UFO.

    It is unidentified

    It was flying

    It has to be an object.

    Duh.

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Pirate

    Bloody loonies.

    It's incredible that these loonies can't see that the investigators simply want to avoid the evidence (ie shards of windmill) being stolen by loonies who then sell it on eBay as "alien composite material".

    As the bleat about wanting to know "the truth", their little paranoid expeditions make it impossible for anyone else (like, maybe, someone with the appropriate qualifications and experience) to actually find out the actual truth.

    Can't we medicate these people?

    Pirate: cos they're thick as two short planks -- and they probably believe the "walk the plank" myth, too!

  17. James Pickett

    Occam's razor

    A simpler, but boring, explanation may be that one the blades sheared and hit the other one on the way down. I can't imagine that a race clever enough to have mastered interstellar travel would then have an accidental prang with a wind turbine...

  18. richard
    Black Helicopters

    don't be...

    so fucking stupid!

    ...a machine went faulty...

    next story....

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    ETs should go home!

    Are you trying to tell me that it really wasn't a blade snapping off, hitting and thus bending a second blade and that they've restricted access to the site because there is a chance that the same could happen to a second turbine?

    Dammit....

  20. Eddy Ito Silver badge
    Alien

    Wasting time

    They shouldn't waste time getting that thing fixed. Skip the investigation and get it back up and running. Ye gods and little fishes, we need them things running to keep our skies clear. So get 'er back up sweeping the heavens of those nasty little green men and their tall purple three twatted wormen or fembotys or whatever they call them.

  21. Geeks and Lies
    Alien

    Seriously considering investing in Tin Foil Hat business.....

    they're comming, they're comming!

    Whilst it would be great to finally answer the question of life on other planets, but sadly i feel any race advanced enough to get here in the first place would be sufficiently equiped to deal with avoiding a windturbine!

  22. Bad Beaver
    Paris Hilton

    170ft

    That big, that low, merely scraping a single rotor in a whole field of windmills?

  23. ChrisInBelgium
    Black Helicopters

    We all know what exactly

    The tower was of course struck by a weather balloon! It's obvious, isn't it?

  24. Mongers
    Flame

    The Old Foe

    Personally I blame the Soviets.

  25. Richard
    Thumb Down

    U.F.O.

    "We don't have an explanation at the moment as to what the cause was. We have been crawling all over it and have sent bits off for analysis to see if we can work out what caused it."

    So assuming it was indeed a flying object, then as they say it is yet to be identified. It is therefore a UFO, until such time as it is positively identified.

    "Until we have some idea, some plausible explanation that it was not a UFO, I don't think we should rule it out."

    In other words; "Until we don't not know what it is, we can't be sure that we won't not know what it is."

  26. David Webb
    Black Helicopters

    Above Top Secret

    Isn't that obvious? Its "do not allow civil servants to handle these documents, they are secret and we really mean it this time, no leaving it on trains or on computers at MP's home where the local plod can come and have a gander whenever they feel like it, its REALLY secret, although we will share the information with the yanks at some time so they can say 'hey, thats really cool, we'll steal that tech from you now' but other than that, no one is to know about it, not even me, or the PM but then he is a bit of a dick, so yeah, its super top secret and if I find any information about this project on youtube I'm going to cancel the xmas party this year"

    Naturally its way too big to put on everything (Top Secret fits just right) so they just write down on it "Really Top Secret!!!!!" with lots of !!!!!!'s

    Helicopter cause now they know that I know what they know about what I know about their secret secrets!

  27. TeeCee Gold badge
    Coat

    If a real UFO *were* to crash....

    ......would we have to put up with interminable conspiracy theories that the crash was actually caused by plain old pilot error and not the destabilisation of the monomolecular matrix in the thrunging washers of the starboard photonic interrupt array at all?

  28. Peyton
    Happy

    ...classified above top secret

    Would he be referring to super-duper top secret??

  29. Anonymous Coward
    Alien

    of corse

    "That's so secret it's beyond above top secret, I'm afraid."

    of corse they would say that it is so secret that you needed to be rated top secret for them to tell you it exists

  30. Anonymous Coward
    Gates Halo

    Ironman test flight?

    R-tards, its obviously Bill Gates in an Iron Man suit...

  31. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    UFO != aliens

    If an object is unidentified then it is a a UFO, if it turns out to be something that is identified then its not a UFO anymore.

    Besides what would make any alien life want to come to this sh*t hole?

  32. Anonymous John
    Coat

    an ultrasecret robot stealth aircraft project?

    Lights in the sky?

    if that's the MOD's idea of a stealth plane, I think they need to go back to the drawing board.

    Mine's the one with the sleeve mysteriously ripped off.

  33. Ron Luther
    Boffin

    None. None More Secret!

    How much more secret could it be?

  34. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What's the religious fundamentalist position?

    after all, if they're letting every Tom, Dick and Harry with half a brain cell to run around spouting bollocks, what's to say it wasn't the work of one of any number of gods, or even my main man Cthulu?

  35. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Protective Markings

    Britain doesn't have any protective markings above secret - to the best of my knowledge.

    There are caveats which afford higher level of protection, but I'm not aware of any 'main' marking higher than TS.

    I believe in America it's different.

  36. Anonymous Coward
    Alien

    lizard alliance?

    I, for one, velcome our wind-turbine destroying overlords.

  37. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Aliens != UFO

    If we know it's an alien spacecraft then we have identified it, so that wouldn't be a UFO either.

  38. Owen Carter
    Black Helicopters

    Solved?

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/organgrinder/2009/jan/08/windpower-thesun

    Naah.. not really, but an illuminating read nonetheless..

  39. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    UFOlogy, @AC

    "MOD deny that any such vehicle exists. To a UFOlogist an outright denial is concrete proof."

    Unlikely.

    It's people like you making rediculous remarks like that, that give UFO investigators a bad name.

    I would suggest you read Stanton T. Friedman's book PhD. who is a nuclear physicist who started off his career developing protective shielding for nuclear reactors to power space craft.

    His methodical approach to proving/disproving, chasing every witness statement down, looking for corrobative evidence from a number of disparate sources, checking many archives across the USA is how an investigation should be done in order to determine the authenticity of documents.

    Do I believe in UFOs? No. Well, not yet anyway. Do I believe the American airforce and other organisations are covering something up, witholding evidence? Yes. If you read Friedman's book about his personal dealings with various government agencies, that can be the only logical explanation.

    Do I believe a UFO hit the wind turbine? No. My guess it's nothing other than a mechanical failure.

  40. Duckorange
    Paris Hilton

    For the love of God

    Marsh gas.

    Planet Venus.

    Q E D

  41. Phil the Geek

    UFD = Unidentified Flying Deity

    The site is sealed because of the amount of pasta remnants strewn around. The offending turbine was smote by the Flying Spaghetti Monster, for reasons that only He may know.

  42. vale
    Alien

    Its obvious isn't it?

    Swamp Gas! Has to be.

  43. Robert E A Harvey
    Alien

    @MattW

    The problem with one blade rotating and hitting the failing one is that in the weather we have had since the new year the wretched things were not turning at all...

  44. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    @ Protective Markings

    "Britain doesn't have any protective markings above secret - to the best of my knowledge."

    Yes it does.

    Mine''s the one with the Torchwood logo.

  45. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    @ AC spouting on about Friedman's book

    "If you read Friedman's book about his personal dealings with various government agencies, that can be the only logical explanation."

    If you read Harry Potter books then you may very well believe their is a secret school for for young wizzards teaching them the fine art of magic, doesnt mean its true though.

    Any tin foil left over so I can make a hat too?

  46. ShaggyDoggy

    Centre of the New Universe

    Well I live in Lincolnshire, and I am so happy that our new but somewhat dodgy flyer UFO overlords have chosen our county to set up their death star base super central control hub city complex.

    It will make such a change from potatoes and brocolli.

    Wait ...

  47. Liam Johnson
    Alien

    @fLaMePr0oF

    >> Technologically super advanced aliens traveled light years across the reaches of space to visit earth and... crash

    Duh! Unless they were on auto-pilot back to the point they visited 2 billion years ago and were not expecting their bacteria to have evolved so far.

  48. REMF

    FSM

    brings new meaning to the phrase; "touched by his noodly appendage".

  49. richard
    Stop

    link to genius story:

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/ufos/article2120065.ece

    bollocks to the economy, get a 'vicious' dog and guard a 'secret' field.....

  50. Anonymous Coward
    Alien

    Yah Bollocks...

    It was Aliens on a shopping trip, out to pick-up a bargain at Woolies closing down sale.

  51. Nigel
    Happy

    @James - Occam's Razor?

    "I can't imagine that a race clever enough to have mastered interstellar travel would then have an accidental prang with a wind turbine..."

    You're assuming they have a strictly enforced non-interference directive and/or no sense of humour. I can imagine them flicking on the deflector screens and shouting the Xeenu equivalent of "YeeeeeHa!" as they fly through the primitive whirly thing, sending bits of it flying in all dirertions. One can deduce it wasn't that much fun, or that it would be regarded as a bit naughty back on Xeenu, otherwise they'd have lined up a whole row of turbines for their next trick!

  52. Mike Groombridge
    Happy

    It was Thor

    He never could fly straight that boy ah well looks like he finished counting the pebbles on that beach wonder if he has learned to use a phone yet ?

    I don't expect any one to get what i'm going on about but if any Douglas Adams fans. do well done treat yourself to a cup of tea

  53. It'sa Mea... Mario
    Black Helicopters

    I like the way you all jump on the UFO theroists...

    as though the government and its agencies have never lied to or misled the general public in any way or covered up the truth about things countless times in history...!?!

    Are you all really pig-headed enough to think that in this almost infinate universe - where every star you can see (and the trillians & trillians you can't) is a 'Sun' with potentially with it's own system of planets like our own - that we are on the only planet that has any life on it?

    Anyone would think the 'God made the earth in seven days and that's final' brigade had signed up to el reg..

  54. Anonymous Coward
    Alien

    UAV

    What's the odds it is an expensive prototype (smaller than 170 ft) UAV that went AWOL ?

  55. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @Lee Stacey

    Where is the evidence that the blades were hit by anything airborne? You haven't got any have you?

    Ecotricity want everybody to think the blades were hit by a flying object, because the alternative is not convenient for them. The idea that one blade catestrophically failed and hit a second blade opens up investigations into the cause of the failure. These investigations could well lead to the "precautionary" shutdown of all similar turbines and all Ecotricity windfarms. Better for them that they blame a unidentified flying object and hope that the health and safety man bans UFOs instead.

    My bet is that there was a short lived identified flying object. The blade that failed.

  56. Neil Kay

    I have some information

    I am currently working on a defence project that involves lightweight, high-speed, unmanned drones made from secret composhkl a[wNO CARRIER

  57. Dodgy Geezer Silver badge
    Joke

    Aaargh!! The acronyms!!

    "an ultrasecret robot stealth aircraft project"... ...would actually be a "UFO" wouldn't it?"

    Nope. It would be a "URSAP".

    Myself, I think it was an "ultrasecret stealth colliding robot aircraft project".....

  58. james hedley
    Alien

    Obvious explanation.

    The blade was clearly stolen by pikeys. Could well be space-pikeys.

  59. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    It was clearly the work of Little Baby Jesus

    Eschaton will have to be delayed a week while he gets over the nasty bruising from the wind turbine. Meantime go and bomb an atheist or something.

  60. David Webb
    Coat

    @It'sa Mea... Mario

    6 days, Union Rules meant he had to take the 7th day off :P

  61. Anonymous Coward
    Alien

    @Perpetual Cyclist

    So that would be the nuclear industry that Brown and his fuckwit Cabinet have allowed to decay almost to nothing, and then sold off to the French would it?

    Get a brain. If decent money had been invested in the nuclear industry then we would have clean, cheap fusion and there would be no dirty spent fuel rods messing up the countryside.

    Do you really know anything about power generation? Like how wind power is not reliable enough? Or that the "renewable" sources require a permanently-on plant to provide a power cycle for them to synchonise with, and that you cannot get a constant-enough supply from renewables alone (even if you sum up all the wind farms, tidal bores etc in the whole of Europe!) to give a strong, sufficiently steady synchro 'signal'?

    From your handle I'm guessing you also believe all the crap fed to you by the green lobby... in which case, I hope the computer and network systems you are using have never been near a lorry or other producer of greenhouse gases or other pollutants, and contains nothing that may harm the Environment (like motherboard batteries, electrolytic capacitors, insulation on 'exposed' copper cables, low-melt solder...). Oops.

    Oh Great Cthulhu, please let it be a flying polyp or a nightgaunt, or even one of your own Servitor races - at least then we wouldn't need to suffer these fools ere long...

  62. steven kraft Silver badge
    Black Helicopters

    The obvious answer....

    The rotating windmill hit a pocket of floating swamp gas which then ignited and blew up the turbine!

    Either that, or Ethan Hunt (otherwise known by his cover name of conveniently globe-trotting actor Tom Cruise) was holding another death-defying) helicopter chase through a wind farm ala "Mission Impossible III" and this is just HMG cleaning up the evidence of U.S. black ops agents conducting paramilitary operations in Blighty!!

  63. Paul
    Joke

    Hmmmm

    Maybe it was Don Quixote.

  64. Vaughan Silver badge
    Go

    Uri Geller

    That is all.

  65. Anonymous Coward
    Alien

    Occam's wind powered electric shaver

    Hmmm - @ I wonder if Enercon will have to shut down all of their 13000 installations "as a precautionary shutdown"? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enercon

    I think Ecotricity is basically saying at the moment they don't know what the cause of the broken turbine is - so ruling out an unidentified flying object (as opposed to Cthulu or FSM - despite reports from locals) at this stage would be illogical.

    There was virtually no wind at the time and it is a new windfarm (live this summer) - so 'it just breaking' due to mechanical failure is unlikely, if not less than likely, an 'object' hitting it. Ice or no ice.

    I am sure they are loving all the free publicity though, front page of the Sun! Good on em! I am a customer of theirs and I know I will never see a paid advert for them on TV - they would rather spend the cash on building turbines and employing local people, both of which I believe to be worthwhile.

    Even so - brightened up a quiet news week didn't it? Oh, some overpaid football guy crashed a Ferarri, and there is fighting in gaza... and the internet is inherently insecure ;-)

  66. Anonymous Coward
    Flame

    @It'sa Mea... Mario

    People like you really get on my wick. You assume that because there is a vast number of stars in the universe, that this must mean that ours can't be the only one with life orbiting it.

    Okay smartarse, how does life start? How probable is it? You don't know and it's very relevant, because if the odds are [number of planets in the universe plus one] to 1 or worse, then we're probably all there is. If it's 10-1, we're going to be overrun with life-bearing planets.

    Note that I am not suggesting either possibility is necessarily correct, unlike you in your pig-headedness. I'm simply pointing out that you don't have enough evidence to make a judgement either way.

    To think that you can answer the question at all is the real arrogance.

  67. Tim Bergel
    Happy

    @Lyndon Hills

    Yes come on Reg, I need a Playmobil hit ...

  68. Len Tilknitter
    Alien

    @the wingnut anon who knows so much about nuclear & dislikes cyclists

    "decay almost to nothing"

    No that will take a couple of thousand years at least :-D

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_waste

    cheap, safe, clean - the nuclear mantra...

    but how does £70 per megawatt hour sound?

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/jan/05/nuclear-energy-rising-cost

    how about £83bn to clean up the current mess over the next 130 years?

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/jul/18/nuclearpower.energy

    Meh! the plan is to use less energy - not more... is that what makes us civilised and intelligent?

    That's the cheap bit - the clean - do I really need to point out a few 'incidents' in France too?

    Turn your pc off every now and then! or the noodle monster will get you..

  69. Swanny
    Coat

    Non stick coatings?

    It could be some type of ulta secret plane with a mysterious black coating just like your Jamie Olvier frypan.........mines the one with the egg and bacon fry up in the pocket

    Stealth cooking utensils cos I'm on a diet and don't want the Mrs to know

  70. b166er

    Thing is

    they haven't found the missing blade yet

  71. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Aliens - probably.....

    Liam Johnson is right - with a twist.

    Alien 1: Well, here we are, back on this crap-hole again. Remember last time? I think I left my jam and pickle sandwhich somewhere around here. I wonder what several millions of years has done to it? I wonder if anything intelligent evolved, you know like that banana on Alpha Centauri?

    Alien 2: Well, don't forget we're only here to complain about this Vista crap - it caused the downfall of our civilisation. Bloody Galactic Government - no one with any intelligence would use it for flight control. It could crash anytim.......

    <CRASH>

  72. Steve Roper
    Alien

    Re: jumping on the UFO theorists

    Ok, let's put this in perspective...

    Now the only planet we know of that supports life is Earth, so the only way we can guesstimate the probability of life evolving in solar systems similar to our own is to use our planet's evolutionary history as a yardstick. So:

    1) Probability of microbial life elsewhere: Well, Earth has had microbes since day dot, and they developed under pretty severe conditions, so... almost certainty, and very common.

    2) Probability of vertebrate macroscopic life elsewhere: Earth was quite quick to follow up on the microbes with this as conditions improved, so... very likely, and quite common.

    3) Probability of intelligent life elsewhere: Hmmm. Earth has produced only one intelligent species in 4000 million years, out of all the millions of species that evolved, so... probably, but very rare.

    4) Probability of said rare intelligent life circumventing relativity and/or successfully harnessing the STUPENDOUS amounts of energy (and we're talking whole stars' worth here) required to accelerate even a small ship up to relativistic velocities - WITHOUT first turning said stupendous energy source into a planet-smashing weapon and blowing themselves to bits over ideological differences: Well, Earth hasn't done this yet, so a good guess would be... astronomically unlikely, to the tune of maybe, say, 1 such civilisation per few hundred galaxies or so (optimistically); since given the amount of energy such travel would require, these civilisations would leave a visible energy footprint which we would likely have detected by now, especially if there were lots of them...

    5) Probability of said astronomically rare intelligent starfaring civilisations coming across our planet (or entering within the tiny 100-odd-light-year radio radius of our transmissions in order to detect us) orbiting one of about 150 billion stars in this galaxy which is one of about 10,000 billion galaxies in the visible universe...?

    ...and I think we're justified in being just a teensy bit skeptical, don't you?

  73. Moss Icely Spaceport
    Unhappy

    All that money spent on SETI

    And all they needed to do was set up more wind turbines!

    Fools!

  74. reader

    Renewable technology trashed?

    It was probably Jeremy Clarkson.

  75. Rick Silver badge

    @ Steve Roper

    You forgot:

    6) Probability of said astronomically rare intelligent starfaring civilizations, having come across our planet or 100-light-year-bubble of radio transmissions in order to detect us, out of all the possible places they could visit or ways they could communicate with or study us, making their first port of call a remote field in England and crashing into a wind turbine.

    It's not so much about scepticism as it is about not being severely retarded.

  76. Mathew White
    Black Helicopters

    Easy Explanation, attempts to cover it up.

    The most likely cause is that on of the blades on the turbine snapped off and hit the other causing it to bend (It's spinning you see :P ).

    They are probably trying to cover up the fact that there is a design flaw in hundreds of the wind turbines that have been peppered across the few pieces of countryside left, what better way than aliens.

    When ever governments test secret military craft they often encorage the alien reports because it instantly discredits the sightings.

    Maybe they have something in common with the wind turbine. "erm... It didn't break; Aliens did it!"

  77. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Greenpeace

    It was probably some Greenpeace activist protesting about the environmental damage that these whirling monstrosities are...

    ...everything is bad for the environment and must be destroyed on our way back to c1100 AD according to Greenpeace....

  78. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What happened to the pictures?

    When this story first broke there were claimed that eyewitnesses had filmed and photographed lights moving in the sky.

    I have yet to see any such pictures.

    The 'Octopus UFO' was probably just a fireworks display witness by an extremely drunk or stupid man, or a sarcastic man, or a man who likes winding people up, or possibly even a man who saw an easy way of getting his name into the papers.

    Wind turbine failures are more common than people think. Even though they are made from a light composite, being 60 foot long each blade is subject to enormous stresses just from being rotated in the Earth's gravitational field, not to mention similar loads to aeroplane wings from the wind pressure.

    It's entirely probbaly that the missing blade suffered a material failure and fractured, being flung off into the path of the next blade, which struck it and was subsequently bent.

    Perhaps the brakes failed and the thing went into overspeed.

    In any case, restricting the site is an entirely sensible idea - not only would they want to ensure that the investigation can take place without interference, they can also minimise the risk of members of the public being killed or injured should another turbine fail at the site.

    Although, the one possibility that everyone seems to be overlooking? Terrorists did it!

    (Surprised Wacky Jacqui Smith hasn't tried using this one yet)

  79. Martyn
    Paris Hilton

    Fireworks?

    I read quote from someone who lives nearby who said they were worried that they might have been responsible because they were having a fireworks party at the time and they thought one of their rockets might have hit the turbine. So we've got someone having a fireworks party and there are strange lights in the sky and a "big bang" - nah can't be any connection must be a UFO.

    Paris 'cos she's always willing to give us a flash, and she likes a good bang.

  80. n
    Coat

    hmmm..

    Garry McKinnon emailed his alien friends to "demonstrate their anger" at his deportation to face 50 years rotting in a US prison.

    Windfarm is destroyed, the next day McKinnon cuts a deal to spend a few years in one of the UK holiday camps known as prisons.

    Coincidence?

  81. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @SteveRoper

    Discussing probability of things is irrelevant. You seem to be suggesting that because something is so improbably it can't happen.

    All I'm going to say is: The National Lottery.

    Because something is improbable doesn't make it impossible.

    Take a look at the number of galaxies and then take a look at the number of stars within those galaxies photographed by Hubble. We've already found water or evidence for the past existence of water on mars, that's one more planet in our solar system. How many solar systems are there out there?

    To suggest their can't be life because it's improbably small, yet, when we have in our small solar system the basics elements of life on a nearby planet is fool heardy.

  82. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    One blade striking another

    "It's entirely probbaly that the missing blade suffered a material failure and fractured, being flung off into the path of the next blade, which struck it and was subsequently bent."

    Both blades were rotating in the same direction (clockwise or anti-clickwise), so it one sheered off, it's likely to fly off at a tangent and not hit the blade behind. It's also unlikely to strike the blade in front as that blade would be continuing in a circular arc too. And all blades would be moving at the same speed, (same angular speed), one is behind and one is in front.

    However, I wouldn't rule out that somehow the blade struck another, this is the most likely explanation rather than UFOs.

  83. Mike Hunt
    Black Helicopters

    Anacronyms....

    Surely it was a Covert Remote Air Patrol vehicle or a Totally Undetectable Remote Drone......

  84. Dave Silver badge
    Thumb Up

    @Mike Groombridge

    No one has yet reported any Eagles with strange markings in the vicinity, nor any Coca-cola vending machines, so I guess that the Woodshead have already been round to clean up.

  85. Big_Boomer Bronze badge
    Boffin

    Meteorite?

    A meteorite is more likely than Aliens.

    Someone playing with a Trebuchet in their back garden is more likely than Aliens.

    A kid lighting the worlds biggest fart right underneath it is more likely than Aliens.

    Not that any of that will stop those sad morons from touting their religion in the press.

    Religion? Well, there's no proof and it's all based on "Faith" and "Truth" so it's close enough for me.

    A seized bearing is more likely than anything else.

    This could cause one blade to break off and damage the next blade on it's way past.

  86. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    Ok, I'll admit it...

    OK, sorry ... I guess it's time for me to fess up ... it was me!

    I was sat about with a few mates the other night having a few beers and that, and we got to chatting about gadgets, stupidly I mentioned my flying car and a plot was hatched to nip over to the damme to pickup some bits & pieces.

    On the way one of my mates discovered my maxx power stylee underbody lights switch, and I was goaded into buzzing some of the locals to give them a bit of 'UFO action', being a few sheets to the wind my piloting skills werent all that accurate on the night in question and I literally didnt see the turbine until it was too late!

    Sadly the flying car is pretty much a write off and I've no idea what I'm going to put on the insurance claim form, if anyone has an old banger they dont mind driving into then it's possible I could get something back from it (I'll split the claim with you obviously)

    Yours regretfully,

    A. N. Other (name witheld for insurance purposes)

  87. Steve Roper
    Boffin

    @ AC who replied to me

    "Discussing probability of things is irrelevant. You seem to be suggesting that because something is so improbably it can't happen."

    Probability of causes is irrelevant? HAHAHAHAHA..... mmmmpppffffffHAHAHAHA....

    HAHAHaHa.... haha... ahem.... <wipes keyboard and monitor clean>

    No, what I'm suggesting is that the probability of it happening is so miniscule, albeit not impossible, that in the face of the very many other FAR MORE probable explanations it is pointless spending time and resources considering it - at least until all other possible causes have been looked at and dismissed. I would consider the matter, ahead of an attack / accident by an alien spaceship, in order of probability, as something like this:

    1) Structural failure, possibly due to a) design or engineering flaw; b) poor maintenance procedures; and/or c) unusual weather conditions. (85% chance)

    2) Structural failure as a result of vandalism, theft or sabotage. (12% chance)

    3) Damage resulting from lighting strike. (2% chance)

    4) Ice falling off the wings of a passing aircraft striking the turbine. (0.7% chance)

    5) Attack by a terrorist or foreign government. (0.25% chance)

    6) Impact by a secret military test aircraft. (0.04999% chance)

    7) Impact by a meteorite or falling space debris. (0.000000999999% chance)

    8) Impact by an alien spaceship. (0.0000000000001% chance)

    Yes, I know these figures are arbitrary, but they demonstrate the point I'm making, because if a qualified statistical analyst were to evaluate probabilities from available data the results would still resemble the curve produced by these numbers. Yes, an impact by an alien spaceship does indeed have a finite probability of being the cause, but it is so unlikely that any consideration of it as a viable option before the other possible causes listed above is a self-evident waste of everyone's time and resources. This is why most sensible people are skeptical of those who ignore probabilities to espouse their favourite interpretation, rather than far more realistic and probable ones.

  88. TeeCee Gold badge
    Joke

    Re: the Religious fundamentalist position.

    It was Jesus in an Iron Man suit.

    Obvious when you think about it.

  89. Sweep

    Beagle 2

    @ Geeks and lies; "Whilst it would be great to finally answer the question of life on other planets, but sadly i feel any race advanced enough to get here in the first place would be sufficiently equiped to deal with avoiding a windturbine!"

    Maybe there are little green men on Mars right now saying "Whilst it would be great to finally answer the question of life on other planets, but sadly i feel any race advanced enough to get here in the first place would be sufficiently equiped to deal with avoiding the ground!"

    Probably not though. My bet's on The Flying Spaghetti Monster.

  90. Jess
    Alien

    Aliens ate my windmill.

    I just signed up to ecotricity, (Eon having closed 24 hour freephone numbers.) When I realized it was the company that owned the wind turbine in the news, I asked if I get a free Aliens Ate My Windmill t-shirt.

    The salesman seemed to think it was a good idea.

  91. Kieron Shaw
    Black Helicopters

    @Steve Roper

    Steve whilst I wholeheartedly agree with what you said in your last post, you could also argue that as searching for ET is what these people devote most of their lives to, this would be the first explanation/theory that they would try to verify over all others...whilst I don't agree with their logic I can see why they would think this way

  92. n

    Obviously

    ALIEN SCOUT SHIP: Hi, Kang here.

    ALIEN MISSION CONTROL: Hi Kang, what are those aggressive monkeys on the third planet up to now?

    ALIEN SCOUT SHIP: Right, they've got some new power generators sir...LOTS of them.

    ALIEN MISSION CONTROL: Ah, yes, they must be onto cold-fusion-energon-ion generation. They did nuclear about 50 years ago right?

    ALIEN SCOUT SHIP: No, it's not cold-fusion-energon-ion their using.

    ALIEN MISSION CONTROL: Eh? Interesting, what have they got?

    ALIEN SCOUT SHIP: I don't quite know how to say this sir...b..but, they have ....windmills.

    ALIEN MISSION CONTROL: WINDMILLS!

    ALIEN MISSION CONTROL: Have you been drinking Aldebaran Whiskey while on duty again? I'll have you posted to take rock samples on an abandoned moon in alpha centauri for such insolence!

    ALIEN SCOUT SHIP: No, really! i...i know it sound unbelievable Sir...but they actually ARE using windmills.

    ALIEN MISSION CONTROL: But they did windmills about 2 millenia ago Kang! Why the hell would they.......Ah!........it must be a disguise!

    It must be some new technology hidden inside a poxy windmill.

    Get down there right now and knock one over to see what's inside.

    ALIEN SCOUT SHIP: But, that's against regul...

    ALIEN MISSION CONTROL: Regulations nothing Kang! Get down their NOW!

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