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Unmanned aircraft crashes on Bloodsworth Island, Navy says

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The Navy says an unmanned aircraft has crashed on Maryland's Eastern Shore and there are no injuries.

A spokeswoman 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.

Cleanup at the site where the Board Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator (BAMS-D) crashed is underway, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) said.

NAVAIR reports that in addition to there being no injuries, no property was damaged.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Jonathan Lindberg says the Coast Guard is setting up a safety zone around the marshy area.

Navy officials are working to determine what caused the crash.

The drone is one of five received from the Air Force Global Hawk program. The aircraft program supports over 50 percent of all "maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance", NAVAIR stated.

The Associated Press and Naval Air Systems Command contributed to this report.

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