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An unmanned aircraft on a routine maintenance flight reportedly crashed near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay Monday.
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An unmanned aircraft on a routine maintenance flight reportedly crashed near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay Monday.

An unmanned aircraft reportedly went down Monday afternoon on the Eastern Shore. A spokesperson for the Patuxent River Naval Air Station's Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons program says a 44-foot unmanned aircraft on a routine maintenance flight crashed near Bloodsworth Island around noon Monday.

Bloodsworth Island is one of the three islands that form the boundary for the Tangier Sound at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and was purchased by the U.S. Navy in 1942. It was almost immediately put to use as a training facility for surface forces and aircraft.

Coast Guard officials say they are securing the area, but emphasized that there were no injuries as the aircraft crashed into a marshy area.

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