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Faulty wind turbine blade blamed for collapse

A wind turbine that toppled in Chatham-Kent on Jan. 19, 2018. (Angelo Aversa / CTV Windsor)

A faulty wind turbine blade was the cause of a tower collapse in Chatham-Kent.

The 160-tonne structure came down near Dillon on Jan. 19.

A spokesperson with Terra Form Power says a review by independent third-party professionals, as well as the company’s own engineering team, concluded the collapse was caused by a single blade.

Chad Reed said no other similar issues were identified during the review process.

At the time, the 22 remaining turbines on the wind farm were taken off-line as a precaution, but returned to service Feb. 14.

Reed says his company will regularly and rigorously monitor all turbines as part of the ongoing review and maintenance process.