A giant wind turbine crashed to the ground on 13 January 2017 in Scotland. The area was hit by high winds of up to 55mph, but the turbine wasn’t even up and running yet. This “catastrophic collapse” is being investigated.
The three blades and switchgear were all smashed on impact and debris was spread over half a kilometre. According to the source of the story, the energy company “was trying to keep things hush-hush and were not keen to say anything”. They waited seven days to alert the public. Luckily, that farm is being built in an isolated area. “The site is so large and unseen from public roads that the only way to see the collapse is from the air.”
It’s scary to think that had that been a turbine in our area, where the proposed Corracon turbines will be only 500m away from some houses, such massive metal parts could have landed in peoples’ gardens, or worse, their homes.
For more info, you can read the full story in the Daily Record.