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US Navy says human error partly to blame for drone crash

An aerial view taken from an unmanned drone. (File) (Handout, South Korean Defence Ministry)
An aerial view taken from an unmanned drone. (File) (Handout, South Korean Defence Ministry)
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Updated: 6/27 3:47 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Navy on Friday said that human error and a malfunctioning problem are to blame for a November drone accident off the coast of Southern California, that injured two sailors and caused $30 million in damage to a warship.

U-T San Diego reported Friday that a Navy report recommends administrative action against the warship's then-skipper, Capt. Andrew Hesser, and three crew members for not doing enough to stop the drone from crashing into the San Diego-based Chancellorsville. 

The drone breached the warship's hull. The sailors suffered minor injuries.

The newspaper obtained a redacted copy of the report, which said the control tower at Point Mugu naval base was also slow to react.

Navy officials nor Hesser could be reached for comment.

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