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Navy drone crashes off Maryland; no injuries

Bobbi Zapka / US Air Force via Reuters

A file photo of a U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft is seen in this undated handout. The Global Hawk is similar to the Navy's BAMS-D.

A U.S. Navy drone flying out of Patuxent River Naval Air Station crashed Monday after operators lost contact with the aircraft, NBC News reported.

The BAMS-D (Broad Area Maritime Surveillance), an unmanned demonstrator aircraft that’s still in development, went down in a swampy area of nearby Bloodworth Island on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The 44-foot aircraft was on a training flight when it went down.

There were no reported injuries on the ground and no damage to property. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.


The Coast Guard set up a safety zone around the marshy area along the Nanticoke River where the crash occurred, The Associated Press reported.

The BAMS-D is basically the Navy's version of the Global Hawk surveillance drone, made by Northrop Grumman.

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