The parts broke off and were scattered over a radius of 200 meters in Corme
SPAIN -- An explosion in the engine could be the cause of a wind turbine losing two of its blades. The turbine was located on a hill next to Corme, in the municipality of Ponteceso Coruña.
Parts of turbine fell on a house, located more than 200 meters away, in the village of O Roncudo. A huge chunk struck the stone facade of the house, in which four people were sleeping.
The incident occurred at dawn on Sunday. The landlord, who prefers to remain anonymous, said that "it was about four thirty in the morning. We were in bed and suddenly we heard an explosion and then immediately felt a strong blow against the facade of the house." He added: "We woke up quickly and went out to see what happened. We found traces of fiber material thrown from the wind farm. One of the blades crashed into the wall of the house, but caused no damage . "
A nearby neighbor noticed the wind turbine had been making a strange noise as if scraping iron against iron, but gave it little thought since the turbine was situated 280 meters from the house. However, the noise became stronger every day and yesterday [on Friday] it was already unbearable. "I was not surprised that the machinery burst." This neighbor believes the turbine blades crashed and caused the explosion heard at dawn. What is less clear is why the two blades disintegrated into several pieces that struck the house and scattered debris in such a wide radius.
No one was injured; property damage to the house was "insignificant."
"I called four times"
What had not yet been explained yesterday was the reason why the turbine was in operation.
The neighbor affected by the flying blades stated he will file a complaint with the office of the Civil Guard and expected to make contact with the owner of the wind turbine as soon as possible, "I called four times in the morning," he said indignantly.
Editor note: The turbine appears to have been part of the Corme project located near the city of Ponteceso, Spain in the village of O Roncudo. The project was placed in service in 2000 and is owned/operated by Desarollos Eolicos Corme SA. The 18.3 MW project consists of 61 turbines, each 300 kilowatts in size. Translation to English using Google Translate.