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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10 Malicious Drones Were Spotted in Hamburg

Airports

Hamburg, Germany

January 18, 2021

Man arrested for flying drone carrying mobile phones and drugs near maximum security prison in Laois

Prisons

Portlaoise, Ireland

January 8, 2021

Unusual Operation: Police looking For UFO

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Bückeburg, Germany

December 31, 2020

A stranger's flying object - who owns this drone?

Private/Non-Coporate

Aerzen, Germany

December 28, 2020

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

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Philadelphia, PA, USA

December 26, 2020

Turkey: Crashed drone found t Incirlik Air Base

Airports

İncirlik Cumhuriyet, Turkey

December 24, 2020

Drone crashes into the steeple of the Memorial Church in Berlin

Private/Non-Coporate

Berlin, Germany

December 20, 2020

Taliban uses hobbyist drones to carry explosives

Government/Military

Kunduz, Afghanistan

November 24, 2020

Drone Crash into Las Vegas Stadium Causes $10K Damage

Stadiums

Las Vegas, NV, USA

November 21, 2020

It's Werder Bremen again: German professional football club uses drone to spy on opponent

Stadiums

Bremen, Germany

November 16, 2020

Thief with a preference for drones and scooters

Private/Non-Coporate

Vorarlberg, Austria

November 4, 2020

Drone forces Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday players off during Championship contest

Stadiums

Rotherham, United Kingdom

October 29, 2020

Several undocumented immigrants arrested after alleged meth, heroin operation found

Government/Military

San Antonio, TX, USA

October 29, 2020

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

Government/Military

Jammu and Kashmir, India

October 24, 2020

Azerbaijani Armed Forces shot down an Armenian kamikaze quadcopter

Government/Military

Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia

October 24, 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

Loss of control following bird attack

Private/Non-Coporate

Stranraer, United Kingdom

October 8, 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

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Drone interference risked lives in southern Utah wildfires, crews say

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Veyo, UT, USA

July 15, 2020

Drone collisions in L.A and isles suggest mounting danger

Entertainment/Media

Los Angeles, CA, USA

July 13, 2020

Drone Disrupts Firefighting Efforts on East Plum Fire

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Larkspur, CO, USA

July 9, 2020

Near miss with drone, crash on turnpike hightens stress on law enforcement

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Tulsa, OK,, USA

July 3, 2020

Drones force firefighters to halt operations in Nevada

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Poeville, NE, USA

July 3, 2020

Drone footage shows just how secluded Ghislaine Maxwell's hideaway was

Entertainment/Media

Bradford, NH, USA

July 2, 2020

Lincoln man convicted in plot to deliver drugs to priseon by drone

Prisons

Lincoln, NE, USA

July 1, 2020

Here’s the Two-Door 2021 Ford Bronco Testing Out in the Desert

Consumer Products

Whittman, AZ, USA

June 20, 2020

Drone flights cost firefighters time in north Tucson mountain blaze

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Tucson, AZ, USA

June 9, 2020

Drone flights cost firefighters time in north Tucson mountain blaze

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Tucson, AZ, USA

June 9, 2020

Broadway bar manager arrested for flying drone ‘too low’ during downtown Nashville march

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Nashville, TN, USA

June 8, 2020

Police Helicopter Collides With Police Drone

Government/Military

Houston, B.C., Canada

June 6, 2020

Walt Disney World security catches pilot flying illegal drone over closed park

Entertainment/Media

Orlando, FL, USA

June 5, 2020

Drone forces fire aircraft to ground during Parish Fire control effort

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Cordelia, California, USA

June 3, 2020

Drone incursion triggers brief halt in flight ops at Vance Air Force Base

Government/Military

Enid, OK, USA

May 21, 2020

Drive-Thru Dispute, Hovering Drone: Burr Ridge Cops

Private/Non-Coporate

Burr Ridge, IL, USA

May 20, 2020

FAA investigating Detroit drone flight that came 'dangerously close' to Blue Angels

Government/Military

Detroit, MI, USA

May 18, 2020

Man shoots down drone, gets hit with felony charges in Minnesota

Consumer Products

Butterfield, MN, USA

May 16, 2020

Unmanned aircraft crashes at San Angelo airport

Airports

San Angelo, TX, USA

May 15, 2020

Saddle Fire Burns 200 Acres Near Midway; Juvenile Suspect In Custody

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Midway, UT, USA

May 12, 2020

Incident

Industry

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Date

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10 Malicious Drones Were Spotted in Hamburg

Airports

Hamburg, Germany

January 18, 2021

Man arrested for flying drone carrying mobile phones and drugs near maximum security prison in Laois

Prisons

Portlaoise, Ireland

January 8, 2021

Unusual Operation: Police looking For UFO

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Bückeburg, Germany

December 31, 2020

A stranger's flying object - who owns this drone?

Private/Non-Coporate

Aerzen, Germany

December 28, 2020

Turkey: Crashed drone found t Incirlik Air Base

Airports

İncirlik Cumhuriyet, Turkey

December 24, 2020

Drone crashes into the steeple of the Memorial Church in Berlin

Private/Non-Coporate

Berlin, Germany

December 20, 2020

It's Werder Bremen again: German professional football club uses drone to spy on opponent

Stadiums

Bremen, Germany

November 16, 2020

Thief with a preference for drones and scooters

Private/Non-Coporate

Vorarlberg, Austria

November 4, 2020

Drone forces Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday players off during Championship contest

Stadiums

Rotherham, United Kingdom

October 29, 2020

Loss of control following bird attack

Private/Non-Coporate

Stranraer, United Kingdom

October 8, 2020

POL-ESW: Kripo Eschwege sucht Zeugen nach Vorfall mit "Drohne"

Private/Non-Coporate

Eschwege, Germany

September 29, 2020

Bär wehrt lästige Drohne ab und Möwen holen sich seine Beute – Video

Private/Non-Coporate

Sachalin, Russia

September 25, 2020

Adler holt Drohne vom Himmel

Private/Non-Coporate

Stuttgart, Germany

September 19, 2020

Landeanflug auf Nürnberg – Drohne kommt Flugzeug gefährlich nahe

Airports

Nuremberg, Germany

September 18, 2020

Drohne auf Abwegen: Pilot auf der Insel Rügen handelt sich Bußgeld ein

Private/Non-Coporate

Rügen, Germany

September 15, 2020

Tausende Drohnen unbemerkt über dem Regierugsviertel

Government/Military

Berlin, Germany

September 11, 2020

EasyJet plane carrying 186 passengers came within 3 FEET of smashing into illegal drone at 320mph just after leaving Manchester airport in 'UK's closest near-miss' between an airliner and an unmanned craft

Airports

Manchester, United Kingdom

September 4, 2020

Mann stirbt durch Messerstiche – offenbar gab es Streit wegen eines Drohnenflugs

Private/Non-Coporate

Gießen, Germany

August 31, 2020

Drohne fliegt über private Grundstücke: "War es ein Spähangriff?"

Private/Non-Coporate

Effeltrich, Germany

August 27, 2020

Mann während Fahrt auf Seilrutsche von Drohne am Kopf getroffen

Private/Non-Coporate

Verbier, Switzerland

August 20, 2020

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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

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

Airports

Plaine Magnien, Mauritius

July 17, 2018

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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

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

Two flights diverted from Dubai due to suspected drone

Airports

Dubai, UAE

September 22, 2019

Saudi oil production cut by 50% after drones attack crude facilities

Energy/Utilities

Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia

September 15, 2019

Travel Bloggers Arrested in Iran For Flying Drone Without a Permit

Private/Non-Coporate

Tehran, Iran

September 13, 2019

Saudi Arabia says its oil pipeline was hit by drones

Energy/Utilities

Afif, KSA

May 14, 2019

Houthis announces drone attack on Dubai International Airport

Airports

Dubai, UAE

September 30, 2018

Yemen's rebels attack Abu Dhabi airport using a drone

Airports

Abu Dhabi, UAE

July 27, 2018

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

Energy/Utilities

Riyadh, KSA

July 18, 2018

Saudi security shoots down recreational drone near royal palace

Private/Non-Coporate

Riyadh, KSA

April 21, 2018

Ben Gurion flights halted after drone enters airspace

Airports

Tel Aviv, Israel

January 21, 2018

Wayward drone briefly grounds flights at Ben Gurion Airport

Airports

Tel Aviv, Israel

December 12, 2017

Flights halted at IGI Airport after pilot spotted ‘drone’

Airports

New Delhi, India

August 21, 2017

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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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