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Malfunctioning drone hits Navy ship while training

Nov. 17, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
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The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) is seen underway in 2011. Two sailors aboard Chancellorsville were injured and the ship was damaged Nov. 16 when it was hit by a BQM-74 drone, launched from a naval base at Point Magu, a Navy official said. (MC3 Alexander Tidd / Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES — The Navy says an aerial target drone malfunctioned and struck a guided missile cruiser during training off Southern California, causing two minor injuries.

Lt. Lenaya Rotklein of the U.S. 3rd Fleet 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 the drone was being used to test the ship’s radar. She had no immediate information on whether the drone has malfunctioned before.

About 300 crew members were aboard the ship.

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