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Navy: Human Error Partly To Blame For Drone Crash

The Navy says 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.

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 newspaper obtained a redacted copy of the report through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The drone breached the warship's hull.

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The report says the control tower at Point Mugu naval base was also slow to react.

Navy officials nor Hesser could be reached for comment.

The sailors suffered minor injuries.

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