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Drone malfunctions during Navy training exercise, injuring 2

November 16, 2013|By Ashley Powers

A drone being used as part of a Navy training exercise malfunctioned and struck a ship off the coast of Point Mugu Saturday, leaving two sailors with minor burns, the Navy said in a statement.

The sailors aboard the USS Chancellorsville were using the drone to test the ship's radar-tracking system, something done on a regular basis. The drone, a 13-foot-long aircraft with a wingspan of nearly 6 feet, was being controlled from Point Mugu.

Around 1:25 p.m., the drone slammed into the port side of the ship, a guided missile cruiser with a crew of about 300. The ship sustained some damage and is returning to its home port of San Diego, the Navy said.

The Navy is investigating what caused the drone to malfunction.

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