Worldwide Drone Incidents

Learn about the latest drone-related incidents and intrusions from around the world

Region

Incident

Industry

location

Date

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Drone has close call with helicopter over Niagara Falls

Private Individual/VIP

Niagara Falls, NY, USA

March 7, 2019

Two men arrested after drone detected over Rivière-des-Prairies jail

Correctional Facility

Montreal, Québec, Canada

March 4, 2019

DOC and State Police Confirm Drone Sighting Near SCI Frackville

Correctional Facility

Frackville, PA, USA

March 4, 2019

Drone Operator Charged With Trying to Drop Marijuana Into Georgia Prison

Correctional Facility

Albany, Georgia, USA

February 19, 2019

Drone crashes into downtown high-rise, breaks window

Private Individual/VIP

Chicago, IL, USA

February 14, 2019

After several confiscations, FBI warns public of drone use near Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Stadium/Arena/Sport

Atlanta, GA, USA

February 1, 2019

Greenpeace Drone Drops Smoke Bombs on French Nuclear Power Facility

Critical Infrastructure

La Hague, France

January 25, 2019

Reports of drone disrupt flights at Newark Airport

Airport/Aviation

Newark, New Jersey, USA

January 22, 2019

Drohne spähte durchs Fenster

Private Individual/VIP

Regenstauf, Germany

January 21, 2019

London's Heathrow Airport Briefly Closed Following Possible Drone Sighting

Airport/Aviation

London, England, UK

January 8, 2019

London's Heathrow Airport Briefly Closed Following Possible Drone Sighting

Airport/Aviation

London, England, UK

January 8, 2019

Gatwick Airport: Drones ground flights

Airport/Aviation

London, England, UK

December 19, 2018

Woman charged with using drone for prison tobacco delivery

Correctional Facility

Stuart, FL, USA

December 19, 2018

Boeing 737 Passenger Jet Damaged in Possible Midair Drone Hit

Airport/Aviation

Tijuana, Mexico

December 13, 2018

Drone scare near Vegas Strip prompts FAA investigation into likely safety violations

Hospitality/Resort

Las Vegas, NV, USA

November 29, 2018

Drone crashes through car window and hurts child in Eau Claire

Private Individual/VIP

Eau Claire, WI, USA

November 26, 2018

Drohne verfolgt Aargauerin beim Spazieren – vom Piloten fehlt noch jede Spur

Private Individual/VIP

Ehrendingen, Switzerland

November 21, 2018

Verbotener Drohnenflug über dem KKW

Public Utilities/Energy

Brokdorf, Germany

November 21, 2018

Yellowstone investigating illegal drone photo taken in park

Federal - National Park

Yellowstone National Park, WY

November 18, 2018

Drone Pilot Arrested After Crashing Craft into Midtown Bank

Corporate

New York City, NY, USA

November 18, 2018

Incident

Industry

location

Date

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Drone has close call with helicopter over Niagara Falls

Private Individual/VIP

Niagara Falls, NY, USA

March 7, 2019

Two men arrested after drone detected over Rivière-des-Prairies jail

Correctional Facility

Montreal, Québec, Canada

March 4, 2019

DOC and State Police Confirm Drone Sighting Near SCI Frackville

Correctional Facility

Frackville, PA, USA

March 4, 2019

Drone Operator Charged With Trying to Drop Marijuana Into Georgia Prison

Correctional Facility

Albany, Georgia, USA

February 19, 2019

Drone crashes into downtown high-rise, breaks window

Private Individual/VIP

Chicago, IL, USA

February 14, 2019

After several confiscations, FBI warns public of drone use near Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Stadium/Arena/Sport

Atlanta, GA, USA

February 1, 2019

Reports of drone disrupt flights at Newark Airport

Airport/Aviation

Newark, New Jersey, USA

January 22, 2019

Woman charged with using drone for prison tobacco delivery

Correctional Facility

Stuart, FL, USA

December 19, 2018

Boeing 737 Passenger Jet Damaged in Possible Midair Drone Hit

Airport/Aviation

Tijuana, Mexico

December 13, 2018

Drone scare near Vegas Strip prompts FAA investigation into likely safety violations

Hospitality/Resort

Las Vegas, NV, USA

November 29, 2018

Drone crashes through car window and hurts child in Eau Claire

Private Individual/VIP

Eau Claire, WI, USA

November 26, 2018

Yellowstone investigating illegal drone photo taken in park

Federal - National Park

Yellowstone National Park, WY

November 18, 2018

Drone Pilot Arrested After Crashing Craft into Midtown Bank

Corporate

New York City, NY, USA

November 18, 2018

Logan-bound plane reports encounter with 'unmanned aircraft'

Airport/Aviation

Boston, MA, USA

November 7, 2018

A security threat lurks in the sky around OIA

Airport/Aviation

Orlando, FL, USA

November 5, 2018

Plane flying over county reports sighting drone

Airport/Aviation

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

November 4, 2018

Drone Operator Cited for Interfering With Shark-Bite Victim Rescue

First Responder

San Diego, CA, USA

October 1, 2018

Drone disrupts air operations on part of Pole Creek Fire

First Responder

Spanish Fork, UT, USA

September 19, 2018

Man points a laser at law enforcement airplane he thought was a drone, police say

Private Individual/VIP

Leemore, CA, USA

September 14, 2018

Drone inspecting San Francisco's Millennium Tower crashes

Private Individual/VIP

San Francisco, CA, USA

September 9, 2018

Police seize drone that interfered with helicopter after motorcycle crash

First Responder

Monitor Township, MI, USA

August 31, 2018

Large amount of contraband seized at Collins Bay Institution

Correctional Facility

Kingston, ON, Canada

August 29, 2018

Illegal drone grounds firefighting aircraft on 5,400-acre Terwilliger Fire

First Responder

Eugene, OR, USA

August 27, 2018

Lawsuit: Woman injured in face by drone at Vegas casino light show

Hospitality/Resort

Las Vegas, NV, USA

August 22, 2018

Third Drone Intrusion Keeps Firefighters From Getting Food

First Responder

Riggins, ID, USA

August 21, 2018

FAA investigating near drone-helicopter collision off Hollywood

Airport/Aviation

Hollywood, FL, USA

August 17, 2018

Illegal drone flight near airport raises concern

Airport/Aviation

Klamath Falls, OR, USA

August 16, 2018

Venezuela President Maduro survives 'drone assassination attempt'

Private Individual/VIP

Caracas, Venezuela

August 5, 2018

Report: Drone nearly caused mid-air collision at Grassy Ridge Fire

First Responder

St. Anthony, Idaho, USA

August 1, 2018

Drone strikes Iowa toddler on playground

Private Individual/VIP

Bettendorf, Iowa

July 30, 2018

Drone With Grenades Lands at Property of Mexico Police Chief

Private Individual/VIP

Mexico City, Mexico

July 12, 2018

Dangerous drones invade protected airspace at metro Detroit airports

Airport/Aviation

Detroit, MI, USA

July 12, 2018

Drone Recovered on Tarmac Near Runway at San Francisco International Airport Prompts Investigation

Airport/Aviation

San Francisco, CA, USA

July 12, 2018

Unregistered drones causing issues for pilots, including in the Kansas City metro

Airport/Aviation

Kansas City, MO, USA

July 11, 2018

Drone intrusion near New Harmony grounds all aircraft battling West Valley Fire

First Responder

St. George, Utah, USA

July 5, 2018

Too close for comfort: Dangerous drones invade protected airspace daily

Airport/Aviation

Milwaukee, WI, USA

June 28, 2018

Drone misunderstanding in Cape Coral shows learning curve with rising technology

Private Individual/VIP

Cape Coral, FL, USA

June 13, 2018

Mystery Drone, Drug Possession: Needham Police Log

Private Individual/VIP

Needham, MA, USA

June 11, 2018

Man Cited for Using Drone Above Lava Flow

First Responder

Kilauea, HI, USA

May 31, 2018

Homeowner tries to shoot down drone over his house as he was in fear of his family’s privacy

Private Individual/VIP

Bradenton, Florida, USA

May 25, 2018

Police find drone with contraband on roof of elementary school in Montreal, Canada

Correctional Facility

Montreal, Canada

May 22, 2018

Peeping drones spying on people in St. Louis

Private Individual/VIP

St. Louis, MO, USA

May 13, 2018

Resident unhappy with city’s drone, claims it invaded privacy, scared daughters

Private Individual/VIP

Burian, WA, USA

May 10, 2018

Atlanta woman says drone ‘peeped' on her while she dressed

Private Individual/VIP

Atlanta, GA, USA

May 10, 2018

Geiselnehmer sabotieren FBI mit "Drohnenangriff"

Police

USA

May 7, 2018

Drone Interferes with NM Firefighters' Efforts

First Responder

Espanola, NM

May 4, 2018

Drone got in helicopter's way as it fought a wildfire in Minnesota

First Responder

Minnesota, USA

May 2, 2018

Maryland conservation group says drone pilot buzzed bald eagle's nest in Pasadena

Federal - National Park

Pasadena, MD, USA

April 30, 2018

Tragedy averted after drone flies through helicopter's path

First Responder

Tyler, Texas, USA

April 23, 2018

UT Health East Texas air ambulance helicopter reports a near miss with a drone in Dallas

First Responder

Dallas, TX, USA

April 23, 2018

Incident

Industry

location

Date

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Greenpeace Drone Drops Smoke Bombs on French Nuclear Power Facility

Critical Infrastructure

La Hague, France

January 25, 2019

Drohne spähte durchs Fenster

Private Individual/VIP

Regenstauf, Germany

January 21, 2019

London's Heathrow Airport Briefly Closed Following Possible Drone Sighting

Airport/Aviation

London, England, UK

January 8, 2019

London's Heathrow Airport Briefly Closed Following Possible Drone Sighting

Airport/Aviation

London, England, UK

January 8, 2019

Gatwick Airport: Drones ground flights

Airport/Aviation

London, England, UK

December 19, 2018

Drohne verfolgt Aargauerin beim Spazieren – vom Piloten fehlt noch jede Spur

Private Individual/VIP

Ehrendingen, Switzerland

November 21, 2018

Verbotener Drohnenflug über dem KKW

Public Utilities/Energy

Brokdorf, Germany

November 21, 2018

Österreich: Hubschrauber entgeht nur knapp Kollision mit Drohne

Airport/Aviation

Langenlebarn, Austria

November 16, 2018

Drohne surrt knapp an landender Swiss-Maschine vorbei

Airport/Aviation

Zurich, Switzerland

November 14, 2018

Passenger plane came within 32ft of a drone as it approached Edinburgh Airport

Airport/Aviation

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

November 9, 2018

Gang who flew drones carrying drugs into prisons jailed

Correctional Facility

Birmingham, England, UK

October 26, 2018

Perth Prison drug smugglers filmed themselves on drone camera

Correctional Facility

Perth, Scotland, UK

October 3, 2018

Police move out on a message about drone in the approach to the airport - landscape architect filmed arrangement

Airport/Aviation

Tromsø, Norway

September 16, 2018

Armed police swoop on man for ‘flying drone over Theresa May’s head’ as she arrives at Downing Street

Private Individual/VIP

London, England, UK

September 10, 2018

This Giant Homemade Drone Crashed Into a Tree in Ukraine. You Might Be Surprised Who Built It.

Government/Federal

Gorbivtsi, Ukraine

September 8, 2018

Elderly Turkish farmer is spooked by flying drone

Private Individual/VIP

Sirakonak, Turkey

September 7, 2018

Well-organised gang used drones to deliver drugs to inmates, court told

Correctional Facility

Worcestershire, England

August 30, 2018

Geliebter schickt Handy per Drohne in den Knast

Correctional Facility

Olten, Switzerland

August 18, 2018

Investigation underway at Limerick prison after drone spotted flying over grounds

Correctional Facility

Limerick, Ireland

August 15, 2018

Drone flies over Macron's holiday home in wake of Maduro 'attack'

Private Individual/VIP

Brégançon, France

August 7, 2018

Police look into drone near misses at Airport

Airport/Aviation

Saint Peter, Jersey, UK

July 31, 2018

Wenn eine Drohne ins Schlafzimmerfenster schaut

Private Individual/VIP

Bremen, Germany

July 30, 2018

Stederdorf von oben: Drohnen-Pilot bekommt Anzeige

Private Individual/VIP

Stederdorf, Germany

July 29, 2018

Nachbarn von Drohne genervt

Private Individual/VIP

Bünde, Germany

July 25, 2018

Drones drop Spice drug into prisoners' cells after security netting collapsed

Correctional Facility

Herts, UK

July 7, 2018

Får 8000 i bot etter droneflyging her

Stadium/Arena/Sport

Bergen, Norway

July 4, 2018

Greenpeace drone, toy plane crash into French nuclear plant

Critical Infrastructure

Bugey, France

July 3, 2018

Drones buzzed French prison months before helicopter escape

Correctional Facility

Paris, France

July 2, 2018

Polizei ermittelt nach Flug einer Drohne

Airport/Aviation

Waldeck bei Rostock-Laage, Germany

June 20, 2018

Von Drohne im Garten belästigt

Private Individual/VIP

Bern, Switzerland

June 14, 2018

Droner stanset innflyging til Oslo lufthavn

Airport/Aviation

Oslo, Norway

June 13, 2018

Confirmed: Drone alert at Birmingham Airport

Airport/Aviation

Birmingham, UK

June 11, 2018

Drohne fliegt gegen Wohnungsfenster

Private Individual/VIP

Neukirchen bei Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany

May 27, 2018

Helikopter kollidiert mit Drohne

Airport/Aviation

Locarno, Switzerland

May 25, 2018

Drone sørget for stengt rullebane

Airport/Aviation

Gardermoen, Norway

May 22, 2018

Russia prepares for World Cup drone attack

Stadium/Arena/Sport

Moscow, Russia

May 21, 2018

Drohne überrascht Piloten beim Anflug auf Tegel

Airport/Aviation

Berlin, DE

May 13, 2018

Immer mehr Drohnen-Zwischenfälle

First Responder

Vienna, Austria

April 30, 2018

Angriff aus der Luft - Drohne schießt mit Nägeln

Private Individual/VIP

Gebesee, DE

April 19, 2018

Water company fears poison from drones

Critical Infrastructure

THE HAGUE, Netherlands

March 8, 2018

JVA Stadelheim wehrt sich gegen illegale Drohnen

Critical Infrastructure

Hannover, Germany

March 5, 2018

Ferngesteuerte Belästigung aus der Luft

Private Individual/VIP

Taunusstein , Germany

February 23, 2018

26-Jähriger lässt Drohne über Saunabereich fliegen

Private Individual/VIP

Passau, Germany

February 14, 2018

21-Jähriger beim ‚Spannen‘ mit Drohne erwischt!

Private Individual/VIP

Bad Dürkheim, Germany

February 13, 2018

Drohne auf Kindergarten abgestürzt

Private Individual/VIP

Kleinheubach, Germany

February 6, 2018

Drohne behindert Start eines Rettungshubschraubers

Airport/Aviation

Sankt Georgen, Germany

January 29, 2018

Drohnenflug über Tatort

Police

Wulfsdorf, Germany

January 22, 2018

Drone pilot fled from police after trying to fly cannabis and mobile phones into prison

Correctional Facility

Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

January 19, 2018

Father Knocked Down an Unwelcome Drone

Private Individual/VIP

Reykjavík, Iceland

January 19, 2018

Fentanyl-laced meth and phones seized after second prison drone drop

Correctional Facility

Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

January 15, 2018

Incident

Industry

location

Date

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Drone disrupting airspace 'could have been catastrophic'

Airport/Aviation

Wellington, NZ

November 12, 2018

Australian arrested at Cambodian rally convicted of spying

Media/Journalists

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

August 31, 2018

Dumb and Dumber: A Drone Flies Dangerously Close to an A380 During Take Off

Airport/Aviation

Plaine Magnien, Mauritius

July 17, 2018

Drone diverts landing planes at Auckland airport

Airport/Aviation

Aukland, NZ

April 6, 2018

Illegal drone flights double in 2017 amid ignorance of regulations

Federal

Tokyo, Japan

April 6, 2018

Drone pilot gets hefty fine after flying his machine over an Ed Sheeran concert

Stadium/Arena/Sport

Brisbane, Australia

April 3, 2018

Smugglers Caught Using Drones to Drop $80 Million Worth of iPhones Into China

Corporate

Shenzhen, China

March 30, 2018

Drone nearly hits plane landing in New Zealand from Japan

Airport/Aviation

Wellington, New Zealand

March 27, 2018

Drone Near Taj Mahal: Two Tourists Detained for Flying Drone Camera Near the Monument

Critical Infrastructure

Uttar Pradesh, India

March 6, 2018

Man charged for flying drone near Mt Roy fire, Wanaka

First Responder

Wanaka, New Zealand

March 1, 2018

How Widespread Is The Problem Of ‘Peeping Tom’ Drones?

Private Individual/VIP

Upper Hutt, New Zealand

February 25, 2018

Frenchman arrested for flying drone

Private Individual/VIP

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

February 23, 2018

Drone Crashes Into Farmer's Field In Karnataka During Trial

Agriculture

Karnataka, India

February 22, 2018

China Says Indian Drone Crashed In Its Territory

Federal

Beijing, China

December 7, 2017

Tigers tackle hi-tech intruder at Chinese wildlife park

Federal - National Park

Chongqing, China

December 4, 2017

WM-Qualifikation: Drohne über Trainingsplatz - Honduras wirft Australien Spionage vor

Public Event

Sydney, Australia

November 15, 2017

Candy-carrying drone crashes into crowd, injuring six in Gifu

Public Event

Ogaki, Japan

November 5, 2017

Myanmar to charge journalists on assignment for Turkish state TV: officials

Media/Journalists

Naypyitaw, Myanmar

October 29, 2017

Drone smuggling contraband into Lithgow prison captured on CCTV

Correctional Facility

Lithgow, Australia

October 26, 2017

Man arrested after drone crashes on Chinese high-speed rail line

Ground Transportation

Hebei, China

September 3, 2017

‘Drone voyeur’ arrested for filming naked bathers in Jeju

Private Individual/VIP

Jeju, South Korea

August 9, 2017

Man Flies Drone Inside Airport, Gets Arrested After Returning From Trip

Airport/Aviation

Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong

July 19, 2017

Plane hits drone over Adelaide airport

Airport/Aviation

Adelaide, Australia

July 12, 2017

Australian Drone Misses Helicopter by Less Than Ten Feet

Airport/Aviation

Coogee, New South Wales, Australia

July 10, 2017

Drone Voyeur Live-Streams Women From Outside Their Homes

Private Individual/VIP

Xi’an, China

July 9, 2017

Australian film-maker James Ricketson charged with espionage over drone flight in Cambodia

Government/Federal

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

June 10, 2017

Drone flights disrupt southwest Chinese airport for third time in recent days

Airport/Aviation

Chengdu, China

April 24, 2017

Drone snapped ‘dangerously close’ to Singapore Airlines plane

Airport/Aviation

Perth, Australia

April 6, 2017

Drone flying inside Taj Mahal premises sends security agencies into a tizzy

Critical Infrastructure

Dharmapuri, India

February 22, 2017

Drone's operator detained for flying near Chinese airplane

Airport/Aviation

Beijing, China

January 17, 2017

Woman held for flying drone near Charminar

Chinese tourist breaches security at Taj Mahal, takes drone inside prohibited area

Critical Infrastructure

Agra, India

Incident

Industry

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Date

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Yemen's rebels attack Abu Dhabi airport using a drone

Airport/Aviation

Abu Dhabi, UAE

July 27, 2018

Houthis attack ARAMCO refinery in Riyadh using drone- Houthi-run TV station

Critical Infrastructure

Riyadh, KSA

July 18, 2018

Saudi security shoots down recreational drone near royal palace

Private Individual/VIP

Riyadh, KSA

April 21, 2018

Ben Gurion flights halted after drone enters airspace

Airport/Aviation

Tel Aviv, Israel

January 21, 2018

Wayward drone briefly grounds flights at Ben Gurion Airport

Airport/Aviation

Tel Aviv, Israel

December 12, 2017

Flights halted at IGI Airport after pilot spotted ‘drone’

Airport/Aviation

New Delhi, India

August 21, 2017

Seconds from disaster: Passenger jet & drone narrowly avoid collision over Israel

Airport/Aviation

Tel Aviv, Israel

August 15, 2017

DJI drone enthusiast arrested in Israel for filming planes landing at Tel Aviv airport

Airport/Aviation

Sde Dov, Israel

July 18, 2017

Incident: LAM B737 at Tete on Jan 5th 2017, radome structural failure

Airport/Aviation

Tete, Mozambique

January 6, 2017

Incident: LAM B737 at Tete on Jan 5th 2017, radome structural failure

Airport/Aviation

Tete, Mozambique

January 6, 2017

Houthis announces drone attack on Dubai International Airport

Airport/Aviation

Dubai, UAE

FAA Quarterly Report

The US Federal Aviation Administration periodically publishes reports on drone sightings from pilots, citizens and law enforcement.

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Know Before You Fly

Learn more from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) about the safe and responsible operation of drones.

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