Malfunctioned drone hits Navy ship during training

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Associated Press

Posted on November 17, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 17 at 12:36 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Navy says an aerial drone malfunctioned and struck a guided missile cruiser during training off Southern California, causing two minor injuries.

Lt. Lenaya (luh-NEY-yah) Rotklein said the accident on the USS Chancellorsville happened Saturday afternoon while the ship was testing its combat weapons system off Point Mugu.

She said two sailors were treated for minor burns after the ship was struck. She said the ship was heading back to Naval Base San Diego so that officials can assess the damage.

The Navy was investigating the cause of the drone malfunction.

Rotklein said about 300 crew members were aboard the ship.

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