Worldwide Drone Incidents

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

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Incident

Industry

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Prosecuted drone pilot breached Civil Aviation Authority regulations

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Newmarket, United Kingdom

May 2, 2021

Snow removal on Großglocknerstrasse - high-tech drones drop explosive devices

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Salzburg, Austria

April 29, 2021

Spy drone hovers over residential area

Private/Non-Coporate

Bremervörde, Germany

April 29, 2021

Near miss with drone. Mother of two brakes in time

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Bad Orb, Germany

April 27, 2021

Drone spotted 30 metres from plane at Auckland Airport

Airports

Auckland, New Zealand

April 27, 2021

Oil tanker off Syrian coast hit in suspected drone attack

Energy/Utilities

Baniyas, Syria

April 24, 2021

Mexico cartel used explosive drones to attack police

Government/Military

Aguililla, Mexico

April 20, 2021

NJ man used drones to smuggle cell phones, tobacco, other contraband into federal prison

Prisons

Fort Dix, NJ, USA

April 20, 2021

Low-flying drone at Mansfield Town match sparks police warning

Stadiums

April 20, 2021

Drone crashed in a van - police looks for whitnesses

Private/Non-Coporate

Kaster, Germany

April 17, 2021

Drone Attacks Iraq Airport Housing U.S. Troops

Government/Military

Erbil, Iraq

April 14, 2021

Citizens concerned: Mysterious UFO sighted over Baden-Württemberg

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Waiblingen, Germany

April 3, 2021

Pennsylvania Man Arrested for Crashing Drone at World Trade Center Site

Law Enforcement/First Responders

New York, NY, USA

April 1, 2021

Police Scotland Given Criminals’ Drone After Case

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Kincardine-on-Forth, Scotland

March 31, 2021

Polish man charged over drone at DP Ruto's Karen residence

Airports

Mombasa, Kenya

March 31, 2021

Drone crash during Bayern training

Stadiums

Munich, Germany

March 31, 2021

Trouble for drone pilots

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Rosenheim, Germany

March 29, 2021

Spanish league responds to drone incident in Bilbao

Stadiums

Bilbao, Spain

March 26, 2021

Drone over the stadium: final training with 23 players

Stadiums

Duisburg, Germany

March 24, 2021

Multiple Destroyers Were Swarmed By Mysterious 'Drones' Off California Over Numerous Nights

Government/Military

San Clemente Island, CA, USA

March 23, 2021

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Industry

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Man accused of shooting down Sheriff's Office drone

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Lake County, FL, USA

July 13, 2021

Drone spotted flying near out of control Vernon wildfire

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Becker Lake, Canada

July 11, 2021

Drone Crash in Nesting Ground Leaves 1,500 Tern Eggs Parentless

Private/Non-Coporate

Huntington Beach, CA, USA

May 13, 2021

Is Carole Baskin spying on "Tiger King" star with a drone?

Entertainment/Media

Wynnewood, OK, USA

May 2, 2021

Mexico cartel used explosive drones to attack police

Government/Military

Aguililla, Mexico

April 20, 2021

NJ man used drones to smuggle cell phones, tobacco, other contraband into federal prison

Prisons

Fort Dix, NJ, USA

April 20, 2021

Pennsylvania Man Arrested for Crashing Drone at World Trade Center Site

Law Enforcement/First Responders

New York, NY, USA

April 1, 2021

Multiple Destroyers Were Swarmed By Mysterious 'Drones' Off California Over Numerous Nights

Government/Military

San Clemente Island, CA, USA

March 23, 2021

Arrest After Drone Found with a Bag of Heroin

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Simi Valley, CA, USA

March 19, 2021

Illegal drone activity diverts, hold flights at N.C. airport, FBI investigating

Airports

Greensboro, NC, USA

March 9, 2021

Indiana police looking for the owner of a drone that flew into child’s window

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Seymour, IN, USA

March 4, 2021

Florida Man Charged for Flying Drone Near Super Bowl

Stadiums

Tampa, FL, USA

February 7, 2021

How one drone pilot got slapped with $182,000 in fines from the FAA

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Philadelphia, PA, USA

December 26, 2020

Drone Crash into Las Vegas Stadium Causes $10K Damage

Stadiums

Las Vegas, NV, USA

November 21, 2020

Several undocumented immigrants arrested after alleged meth, heroin operation found

Government/Military

San Antonio, TX, USA

October 29, 2020

Ex-inmate charged in Fort Dix drone-drop prison contraband scheme

Prisons

Fort Dix, NJ, USA

October 22, 2020

Drone Intrudes on Restricted Airspace Over Red Salmon Fire

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Junction City, CA, USA

October 18, 2020

Georgia man accused of shooting, damaging workers' $15K drone

Energy/Utilities

Coweta County, GA, USA

October 13, 2020

Yogo Fire threatens 12 cabins in the Little Belts. Warm, dry weather still ahead

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Neihart, MT, USA

October 8, 2020

Private planes and rogue drones ground air firefighting efforts

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Salt Lake City, UT, USA

September 21, 2020

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Industry

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Drone spies on private home

Private/Non-Coporate

Albringhausen, Germany

July 11, 2021

London helicopter ambulance reports near collision with drone

Law Enforcement/First Responders

London, United Kingdom

July 2, 2021

Drone flies over residential area

Private/Non-Coporate

Isernhagen, Germany

June 26, 2021

Drone spies on private homes

Private/Non-Coporate

Bremen, Germany

June 24, 2021

Drone spies on swimmers in private garden

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Großburgwedel, Germany

June 21, 2021

Police arrests drone pilot at Allianz Arena

Stadiums

Munich, Germany

June 19, 2021

Farmer shoots down drone with shotgun

Private/Non-Coporate

Bleiburg, Austria

June 12, 2021

18 year old uses drone to spy on people near private pool

Private/Non-Coporate

Sondershausen, Germany

June 8, 2021

Drone crashes into a volcano

Entertainment/Media

Fagradalsfjall, Iceland

June 5, 2021

Drone Flew Close to Aircraft Wing at Helsinki Airport

Airports

Helsinki, Finland

May 13, 2021

Drone over the Hopfensee - ban in the landscape protection area

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Hopfen am See, Germany

May 11, 2021

Unauthorized drone spotted in private area

Private/Non-Coporate

Keula, Germany

May 8, 2021

Prosecuted drone pilot breached Civil Aviation Authority regulations

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Newmarket, United Kingdom

May 2, 2021

Snow removal on Großglocknerstrasse - high-tech drones drop explosive devices

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Salzburg, Austria

April 29, 2021

Spy drone hovers over residential area

Private/Non-Coporate

Bremervörde, Germany

April 29, 2021

Near miss with drone. Mother of two brakes in time

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Bad Orb, Germany

April 27, 2021

Low-flying drone at Mansfield Town match sparks police warning

Stadiums

April 20, 2021

Drone crashed in a van - police looks for whitnesses

Private/Non-Coporate

Kaster, Germany

April 17, 2021

Citizens concerned: Mysterious UFO sighted over Baden-Württemberg

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Waiblingen, Germany

April 3, 2021

Police Scotland Given Criminals’ Drone After Case

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Kincardine-on-Forth, Scotland

March 31, 2021

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Drone spotted 30 metres from plane at Auckland Airport

Airports

Auckland, New Zealand

April 27, 2021

Indian Army shoots down Pakistan's quadcopter at LoC in Jammu & Kashmir's Keran

Government/Military

Jammu and Kashmir, India

October 24, 2020

Drone found near Israeli Embassy official's house in Delhi, no foul play suspected

Government/Military

New Delhi, India

August 23, 2020

A Limited Number of Drone Incidents in the Donbass

Government/Military

Tokyo, Japan

August 9, 2020

Drone drug drop at New South Wales prison thwarted by jail officials

Prisons

New South Wales, Australia

July 27, 2020

Abandoned drone send police into tizzy in Jammu

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Jammu, India

July 13, 2020

Pak Drone On Mission To Drop Weapons For Terrorists Shot Down In J&K

Government/Military

Srinagar, India

June 20, 2020

Tesla Giga Shanghai Construction Progress June 4, 2020: Video

Consumer Products

Shanghai, China

June 7, 2020

4 arrested after drone carrying drugs spotted over Kranji Reservoir Park

Private/Non-Coporate

Kranji, Singapore

June 6, 2020

Man booked for delivering Paan masala utilizing drone throughout lockdown

Private/Non-Coporate

Rajkot, Gujarat, India

April 12, 2020

Pak spy drone spotted near border in Jammu, retreats after army opens fire

Government/Military

Arnia, Jammu, India

October 26, 2019

Two booked for flying drone in Mumbai during Ganpati procession

Private/Non-Coporate

Mumbai, India

August 21, 2019

Singaporeans charged over illegal drone flying

Government/Military

Paya Lebar, Singapore

July 6, 2019

Singapore Changi Airport shuts runway over drone sighting

Airports

Changi, Singapore

June 19, 2019

Hong Kong police investigate drone that flew over chief executive’s office

Technology

Admiralty, Hong Kong

March 28, 2019

Flights at Dubai Airport Halted Over ‘Drone Activity’

Airports

Dubai, UAE

February 15, 2019

Frenchman arrested for flying drone over Myanmar parliament, says embassy

Private/Non-Coporate

Naypyidaw, Myanmar

February 11, 2019

Drone disrupting airspace 'could have been catastrophic'

Airports

Wellington, NZ

November 12, 2018

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

Government/Military

Agra, India

October 3, 2018

Australian arrested at Cambodian rally convicted of spying

Entertainment/Media

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

August 31, 2018

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Drone attack on suspected Iranian nuclear production plant

Energy/Utilities

Karaj, Iran

June 23, 2021

Airport in Iraqi capital comes under drone attack

Government/Military

Baghdad, Iraq

June 10, 2021

Drones shot down over Iraqi airbase housing US troops and coalition forces

Government/Military

Albaghdadi, Iraq

June 6, 2021

Gauteng heliport grounded by drones that flew into flight path

Airports

Waterval City, South Africa

May 3, 2021

Oil tanker off Syrian coast hit in suspected drone attack

Energy/Utilities

Baniyas, Syria

April 24, 2021

Drone Attacks Iraq Airport Housing U.S. Troops

Government/Military

Erbil, Iraq

April 14, 2021

Polish man charged over drone at DP Ruto's Karen residence

Airports

Mombasa, Kenya

March 31, 2021

French drone tourist in Iran Benjamin Briere 'facing spy charges'

Government/Military

Sarakhs, Iran

March 15, 2021

Passenger plane is engulfed in flames at Saudi international airport after 'drone attack' claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels

Airports

Abha, Saudi Arabia

February 10, 2021

Drones are biggest tactical concern since the rise of IEDs in Iraq, CENTCOM boss says

Government/Military

Qayyarah Air Base, Iraq

February 9, 2021

Taliban uses hobbyist drones to carry explosives

Government/Military

Kunduz, Afghanistan

November 24, 2020

Azerbaijani Armed Forces shot down an Armenian kamikaze quadcopter

Government/Military

Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia

October 24, 2020

Im Gilboa-Gefängnis im Norden Israels sitzen rund 800 palästinensische Häftlinge ein

Prisons

Gilboa, Israel

September 17, 2020

Drone drops hundreds of bags of cannabis in Tel Aviv

Transportation (non-airports)

Tel Aviv, Israel

September 3, 2020

Houthi-Movement Rebels Attack ISIS/Al Qaeda Cell, Captures Drones

Government/Military

Al Bayda, Yemen

August 21, 2020

Hezbollah Recovers DJI Mavic Being Used by the IDF

Government/Military

South Lebanon, Lebanon

August 13, 2020

Armenia department of corrections vows “immediate destruction” of any drones breaching perimeter

Prisons

Artik, Armenia

August 2, 2020

War in Libya: UN report suggests first AI attack on human

Government/Military

Tripolis, Lybia

March 30, 2020

Muscat International Airport closed temporarily after drone spotted in airspac

Airports

Muscat, Oman

November 16, 2019

Two flights diverted from Dubai due to suspected drones

Airports

Dubai, UAE

September 22, 2019

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Chilean navy helicopter collides with DJI Mavic Air 2 drone

Airports

Santo Domingo, Chile

January 23, 2021

Boeing 737 Passenger Jet Damaged in Possible Midair Drone Hit

Airports

Tijuana, Mexico

December 13, 2018

Venezuela President Maduro survives 'drone assassination attempt'

Private/Non-Coporate

Caracas, Venezuela

August 5, 2018

Drone With Grenades Lands at Property of Mexico Police Chief

Private/Non-Coporate

Tecate, Mexico

July 12, 2018

Eine Drohne verfolgt den Papst in Chile

Private/Non-Coporate

Temuco, Chile

January 15, 2018

Drone on Congonhas may cause losses of more than R $ 1 million, estimates association of airlines

Airports

Congonhas, Brazil

November 13, 2017

Drone strikes passenger Boeing descending over theme park in Argentina

Airports

Buenos Aires, Argentina

November 12, 2017

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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