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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Police and air traffic control intervene after drone spotted at Newcastle

Stadiums

Newcastle, United Kingdom

October 8, 2021

Criminals Use Drones to Drop 5 Litres of Flammable Liquit

Law Enforcement/First Responders

October 1, 2021

Drone crashes into Leaning Tower of Pisa

Private/Non-Coporate

Pisa, Italy

September 28, 2021

Student got fined with 4,000€ for filming Mont-Saint-Michel

Private/Non-Coporate

Le Mont-Sain-Michel, France

September 22, 2021

Drone attack on vaccination opponents in Hanau

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Hanau, Germany

September 18, 2021

Drug-carrying drone bound for prison lands outside Virginia school

Prisons

Lawrenceville, VA, USA

September 13, 2021

Man arrested after drug-smuggling drone found at jail

Prisons

Orange County, CA, USA

September 12, 2021

Ukrainian drone strike leads to explosion with fire at oil depot in Donetsk

Energy/Utilities

Donetsk, Ukraine

September 11, 2021

Illegal drones during demolition

Hospitality/Real Estate

Duisburg, Germany

September 8, 2021

Family feels harrassed by unauthorized drone

Private/Non-Coporate

Herford, Germany

September 2, 2021

Drone incursion during world championship qualifiers between Austria and Republic of Moldova

Stadiums

Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

September 1, 2021

Drone Reportedly Passes Below JetBlue Flight Landing At Logan Airport; FAA Investigating

Airports

Boston, MA, USA

August 15, 2021

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a drone delay during a baseball game in Peoria

Stadiums

Peoria, IL, USA

August 14, 2021

Police officer intercepts drone carrying drugs in Czech Republic

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Doksy, Czech Republic

August 10, 2021

Nîmes: when prison inmates have saw blades and shisha delivered by drone

Prisons

Nîmes, France

August 7, 2021

Drone Slams into Building in World Trade Center

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Manhattan, NY, USA

August 2, 2021

Police scrambled after drone comes within 100ft of plane near Glasgow Airport

Airports

Lochwinnoch, United Kingdom

July 28, 2021

Drone with 5kg Explosives Shot Down 7 km Inside Indian Border

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Jammu and Kashmir, India

July 20, 2021

Man accused of shooting down Sheriff's Office drone

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Lake County, FL, USA

July 13, 2021

Drone spies on private home

Private/Non-Coporate

Albringhausen, Germany

July 11, 2021

Incident

Industry

location

Date

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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

Hollywood Man Arrested on Federal Charge Alleging He Recklessly Operated a Drone that Crashed into and Damaged LAPD Helicopter

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Hollywood, CA, USA

September 18, 2020

Cubs-Indians game delayed by blinking drone landing on field

Stadiums

Chicago, IL, USA

September 17, 2020

Contraband-laden drone snags in prison net; 2 arrested

Prisons

Jackson, MS, USA

September 10, 2020

Drone drops of drugs and weapons are getting more common at Ontario prisons

Prisons

Ontario, Canada

August 23, 2020

Jalisco cartel adopts new tactic: drones armed with C-4 explosive

Government/Military

Michoacán, Mexico

August 18, 2020

Trump's Plane Was Nearly Hit by a Small Drone Sunday, Witnesses Say

Government/Military

Washington, D.C., USA

August 16, 2020

Flying Drone Over Azusa Fire Grounds Aircraft In The Area

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Azusa, CA, USA

August 16, 2020

Bald Eagle Knocks Down Small Quadcopter over Lake Michigan

Private/Non-Coporate

Lake Michigan, MI, USA

August 14, 2020

Drone causes delay in Red Sox-Rays game at Fenway Thursday afternoon

Stadiums

Boston, MA, USA

August 13, 2020

An MLB game was delayed by an unauthorized drone hovering over the field

Stadiums

Minneapolis, MN, USA

August 4, 2020

FAA Investigates Drone Sighting Near Terteboro Airport

Airports

Terteboro, NJ, USA

July 25, 2020

Harry and Meghan sue paparazzi over "drone" photos

Private/Non-Coporate

Los Angeles, CA, USA

July 23, 2020

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

Incident

Industry

location

Date

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Police and air traffic control intervene after drone spotted at Newcastle

Stadiums

Newcastle, United Kingdom

October 8, 2021

Criminals Use Drones to Drop 5 Litres of Flammable Liquit

Law Enforcement/First Responders

October 1, 2021

Drone crashes into Leaning Tower of Pisa

Private/Non-Coporate

Pisa, Italy

September 28, 2021

Student got fined with 4,000€ for filming Mont-Saint-Michel

Private/Non-Coporate

Le Mont-Sain-Michel, France

September 22, 2021

Drone attack on vaccination opponents in Hanau

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Hanau, Germany

September 18, 2021

Ukrainian drone strike leads to explosion with fire at oil depot in Donetsk

Energy/Utilities

Donetsk, Ukraine

September 11, 2021

Illegal drones during demolition

Hospitality/Real Estate

Duisburg, Germany

September 8, 2021

Family feels harrassed by unauthorized drone

Private/Non-Coporate

Herford, Germany

September 2, 2021

Drone incursion during world championship qualifiers between Austria and Republic of Moldova

Stadiums

Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

September 1, 2021

Police officer intercepts drone carrying drugs in Czech Republic

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Doksy, Czech Republic

August 10, 2021

Nîmes: when prison inmates have saw blades and shisha delivered by drone

Prisons

Nîmes, France

August 7, 2021

Police scrambled after drone comes within 100ft of plane near Glasgow Airport

Airports

Lochwinnoch, United Kingdom

July 28, 2021

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

Incident

Industry

location

Date

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Drone with 5kg Explosives Shot Down 7 km Inside Indian Border

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Jammu and Kashmir, India

July 20, 2021

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

Incident

Industry

location

Date

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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

Two flights diverted from Dubai due to suspected drone

Airports

Dubai, UAE

September 22, 2019

Incident

Industry

location

Date

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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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