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. Third Fleet said the accident on the USS Chancellorsville happened Saturday afternoon while the ship was testing its combat weapons system off Point Mugu.The AP reports that two crew members suffered minor burns from the drone strike, but did not specify whether the injuries were caused by the force of impact, or by actual weapons. The drone in question reportedly was being used to test radar. There is no word yet on the fate of the drone.
Meanwhile, it turns out there really is such a thing as a boomerang drone. It's called the Phantom Sentinel, and it's so tiny that it can't be detected by the human eye. So, I doubt that the rogue drone in question was of this type, unless the two sailors injured had the corneas of their human eyes burned by humanitarian strikes of surgical precision.
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