Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/02/27/disintegrating_turbine/

Disintegrating wind turbine caught on camera

Spectacular Danish brake failure

By Lester Haines

Posted in Science, 27th February 2008 09:25 GMT

YouTubers have been enjoying some spectacular footage of the disintegration of a Danish wind turbine which ended up a bit broken after its brakes failed:

The suicidal turbine was located at Hornslet near Aarhus. According to the Telegraph, the 60m-high structure was ten years old and manufactured by Vestas. Engineers who attended the scene were unable to prevent the break-up, and wisely retired to a safe distance.

Its death was one of two in the space of a week, and Denmark's climate minister has called for a probe into the failures. ®