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Drone hits ship during exercise, 2 injured

Nov. 17, 2013 at 8:00 AM

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A drone malfunctioned and crashed into a U.S. Navy ship off the coast of southern California, injuring two sailors, officials said.

The drone, which was being controlled from Point Mugu, was being used to check the USS Chancellorsville's radar-tracking system Saturday when it malfunctioned, the Los Angeles Times reported.

At about 1:25 p.m., the drone struck the side of the ship, causing some damage and injuring two sailors, CNN reported. Both sailors were treated for minor burns.

The ship, which has a crew of about 300 sailors, was returning to San Diego for inspection, the Navy said.

The Navy is investigating the cause of the malfunction.

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