Worldwide Drone Incidents

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

Number of incidents

100+

Incident

Industry

location

Date

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Plane flying over county reports sighting drone

Airport/Aviation

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

November 4, 2019

Perth Prison drug smugglers filmed themselves on drone camera

Correctional Facility

Perth, Scotland, UK

October 3, 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

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

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

Private Individual/VIP

Leemore, CA, USA

September 14, 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

Drone inspecting San Francisco's Millennium Tower crashes

Private Individual/VIP

San Francisco, CA, USA

September 9, 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

Police seize drone that interfered with helicopter after motorcycle crash

First Responder

Monitor Township, MI, USA

August 31, 2018

Australian arrested at Cambodian rally convicted of spying

Media/Journalists

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

August 31, 2018

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

Correctional Facility

Worcestershire, England

August 30, 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

Geliebter schickt Handy per Drohne in den Knast

Correctional Facility

Olten, Switzerland

August 18, 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

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

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

Police look into drone near misses at Airport

Airport/Aviation

Saint Peter, Jersey, UK

July 31, 2018

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

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