Worldwide Drone Incidents

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

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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

Football: Anti-Euro 2020 drone interrupts La Liga game

Stadiums

Bilbao, Spain

March 20, 2021

Drones at the Cologne Cathedral

Private/Non-Coporate

Cologne, Germany

March 20, 2021

Arrest After Drone Found with a Bag of Heroin

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Simi Valley, CA, USA

March 19, 2021

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

Government/Military

March 15, 2021

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

Airports

Greensboro, NC, USA

March 9, 2021

Drone flying over strategic buildings in Madrid intercepted by police

Government/Military

Madrid, Spain

March 5, 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

Drone flies over pasture in Altenmünster and startles horse: mare injured by electric fence

Private/Non-Coporate

Altenmünster, Germany

February 25, 2021

Mossos stop drone flight over Camp-Nou in Barcelona

Stadiums

Barcelona, Spain

February 24, 2021

Illegal drone activity causes delays at Frankfurt airport.

Airports

Frankfurt, Germany

February 20, 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

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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

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

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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

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

Football: Anti-Euro 2020 drone interrupts La Liga game

Stadiums

Bilbao, Spain

March 20, 2021

Drones at the Cologne Cathedral

Private/Non-Coporate

Cologne, Germany

March 20, 2021

Drone flying over strategic buildings in Madrid intercepted by police

Government/Military

Madrid, Spain

March 5, 2021

Drone flies over pasture in Altenmünster and startles horse: mare injured by electric fence

Private/Non-Coporate

Altenmünster, Germany

February 25, 2021

Mossos stop drone flight over Camp-Nou in Barcelona

Stadiums

Barcelona, Spain

February 24, 2021

Illegal drone activity causes delays at Frankfurt airport.

Airports

Frankfurt, Germany

February 20, 2021

Drones cause a lot of trouble even with less air traffic

Airports

Frankfurt, Germany

January 20, 2021

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

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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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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

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

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

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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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