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Two Seamen Injured When Drone Strikes Navy Cruiser

A US Navy cruiser returned to port Monday after being struck by a drone during a training exercise near Point Mugu on Sunday. A pair of seamen were reportedly treated for minor burns after the accident but were sent home Sunday evening. According to witnesses, the 13 foot-long drone struck the missile cruiser's port side. There were about 300 crew members on board at the time, a Navy spokesman said, but only the two minor injuries reported. Investigators will now try to determine what caused the incident.

The drone that struck the USS Chancellorsville was identified by Navy personnel as a BQM-74, made by Northrop Grumman. It is not immediately clear whether the drone was a military-controlled aircraft or a civilian drone. A Navy spokesman declined to offer a timetable for when a cause for the crash might be expected.

November 19, 2013