Crash Course: Industrial Wind Turbines Pose Deadly Threat to Light Aircraft

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Industrial wind turbines create at least 2 critical dangers for flyers: 1) wake turbulence; 2) collision with blades and towers. The air turbulence generated by hundreds of 50-60m blades with their outer tips travelling at around 350km/h (wake turbulence) messes with the pilot’s ability to control their aircraft (see our post here). Slamming into them, often in bad weather, ends with reasonably predictable results.

Results such as the 4 killed in South Dakota, when the plane depicted above slammed into a turbine in foggy conditions.

Here’s another example of the deadly threat wake turbulence poses to pilots, their aircraft and passengers.

Plane crash blamed on ‘turbulence’ from wind farm
BBC
10 March 2022

A pilot injured in a crash landing has claimed a “violent” gust which caused him to lose control of his plane may have been caused by a nearby windfarm.

The 66-year-old man crashed off the…

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