Windmill that crashed was operating normally at the time

By By The Associated Press

FENNER, N.Y. (AP) - The company that operates an industrial wind-power site in central New York says a 187-ton windmill that crashed to the ground on Dec. 27 was operating normally at the time of the accident.

Enel North America officials said Tuesday that crews recovered the computer from the turbine and analyzed data, which confirmed it was operating normally. The giant windmill was one of 20 atop a ridge in Fenner, 33 miles east of Syracuse.

Enel spokesman Hank Sennott said the computer data showed the rotational speed was reasonable and it didn't appear there was a blade strike.

Engineers are trying to determine the cause of the accident and expect to release a report by the end of the month.

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