Questions are increasing about damage to a wind turbine in the UK on Jan. 4, 2009, that reportedly occurred at the same time witnesses reported a large glowing orange unidentified flying object (UFO) nearby.
International mainstream media are now reporting on the unusual case.
Witnesses, who are reported to be reliable according to news accounts, said the object appeared to have "tentacles" and an octopus-like appearance.
The UK newspaper "The Sun" quoted witness John Harrison as saying he saw a "massive ball of light with tentacles going right down to the ground" above the wind turbine farm. "It was huge. With the tentacles it looked just like an octopus," he said.
Other witnesses claim to have seen the same thing, according to news reports.
BLADE TORN OFF
The wind turbine is located near Conisholme, England. The 213-foot-high turbine had one of three 20-meter blades torn off.
The turbine is owned by the company Ecotricity and manufactured by the German company Enercon, which is reportedly examining some of the damaged parts.
Speculation about the cause includes the possibilities mechanical failure or impact from some kind of flying object, man-made or otherwise.
A representative of manufacturer Enercon was quoted in the media as saying he does not think it was a mechanical defect related to the wind turbine's construction.
According to news reports in the UK, unmanned stealth aircraft called "Taranis" are being tested in the region by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). The black delta-wing craft are being developed to carry bombs, according to UK news reports.
UK press reports say that the MoD does not plan an investigation because there was no evidence of a potential threat in British airspace.
UFO EXPERT'S VIEWS
However, Nick Pope, a UFO expert who formerly worked for the MoD's UFO office, told the "Louth Leader" newspaper that he feels the MoD should investigate.
Pope stated, "My view is something big must have hit the wind turbine to cause that damage and it appears in this case that the UFO witnesses are very respectable, and clearly not people who are making this up."
He speculated that the aircraft could be of foreign origin. "Looking at the geography of the Louth area, taking in the coast, it is always possible some people could be seeing secret Russian reconnaissance aircraft, perhaps even unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)."
Pope said, "The Russians could have a new secret craft which they are using to probe at our defenses so I think we should be looking into this, and the MoD should be involved."
Pope also told the paper, "This case is particularly exciting as we usually just get eyewitness reports or a few grainy images of lights in the sky, but here we can physically see the effects, which gives us a tremendous opportunity to do forensic analysis of the turbine blades."
He continued, "This of course, raises another question – are the right people doing the investigation into this? I think the police should be involved and cordon off the site and launch a detailed search and sweep of the area. They could bring in metal detectors to search for debris from the blades.
Pope added, "Areas of the country can suddenly become hotspots although there is no logical reason for this. Often it is because people don't report what they have seen for fear of ridicule and disbelief, but once somebody gets the ball rolling and the media pick up on it, this makes other people less afraid to come forward."