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Published March 18, 2011, 02:23 PM

Rotor, Blades Fall From Rugby Wind Tower

The turbine box and three huge blades from a wind tower in north-central North Dakota crashed to the ground. The tower is part of a 149-megawatt wind farm owned by Iberdrola Renewables. It includes 71 steel towers.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports, WDAZ

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The turbine box and three huge blades from a wind tower in north-central North Dakota crashed to the ground.

The tower is part of a 149-megawatt wind farm owned by Iberdrola Renewables. It includes 71 steel towers.

Iberdrola spokeswoman Jan Johnson said Friday the company and turbine manufacturer Suzlon Wind Energy Corp. are checking the other towers because of the accident.

Suzlon is a unit of Suzlon Energy Ltd. of India.

Johnson says the affected tower was about nine miles north of Rugby. She says the weather was snowy and foggy but the wind was light when the accident happened.

The rotor and blades were attached to a large box called a nacelle. It fell off the tower.

The incident happened at about noon Monday. No one was hurt.

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