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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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Inmates Attempted to Smuggle Contraband Using Drones, Correctional Officer Says

Prisons

Miami, FL, USA

June 8, 2022

Police fire at drone in Kanachak border

Government/Military

Jammu, India

June 7, 2022

Iraqi forces down drone over prison in Baghdad

Prisons

Baghdad, Iraq

June 6, 2022

Ukraine drone drops grenade in Russian soldiers trench

Government/Military

Ukraine

June 6, 2022

Drunk man hovered drone over Mallorca bay: Pilot threatens beach guests

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Mallorca, Spain

June 5, 2022

Drone at Düsseldorf Airport: Airbus 380 must be rerouted to Cologne

Airports

Düsseldorf, Germany

June 4, 2022

California man arrested for dropping illegal fireworks from drone

Law Enforcement/First Responders

American Canyon, CA, USA

June 3, 2022

Pak drone loaded with magnetic bombs, grenades shot down in J-K's Kathua

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Kathua, India

May 29, 2022

Man injured by falling drone at rib cook-off

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Berea, OH, USA

May 29, 2022

Drone Targets Iran's Parchin Military Base

Government/Military

Parchin, Iran

May 24, 2022

Drone crashes into Palazzo Ducale

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Venice, Italy

May 23, 2022

Rogue drones' interfere with firefighters tackling Preston blaze

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Preston, UK

May 19, 2022

IDF says it downed Hezbollah drone that entered Israeli airspace amid major drill

Government/Military

Haifa, Israel

May 17, 2022

Drone interfers passenger plane at Nuremberg airport

Airports

Nuremberg, Germany

May 16, 2022

Drones seized at UK nuclear bases after a ‘swarm’ and reports of ‘red lights’

Energy/Utilities

London, UK

May 15, 2022

Unauthorized Drone Down Firefighting Aircraft

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Cerro Pelado, Costa Rica

May 14, 2022

J&K Police Recover Drone From Satwari; BSF Continues To Foil Pak's Attempt To Drop Drones

Government/Military

Nai Basti, India

May 14, 2022

Police Arrest Drone Operator Allegedly Filming, Spying On Church, Cleric’s House In Enugu

Private/Non-Coporate

Enugu, Nigeria

May 14, 2022

Jordanian army downs drone carrying drugs from Syria

Government/Military

Jordan

May 14, 2022

Drone interfers approaching plane close to Berlin airport

Airports

Grünheide, Germany

May 14, 2022

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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

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

Drone Slams into Building in World Trade Center

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Manhattan, NY, USA

August 2, 2021

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

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

Prisons

Fort Dix, NJ, USA

April 20, 2021

Mexico cartel used explosive drones to attack police

Government/Military

Aguililla, Mexico

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

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Industry

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Date

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Ukraine drone drops grenade in Russian soldiers trench

Government/Military

Ukraine

June 6, 2022

Drunk man hovered drone over Mallorca bay: Pilot threatens beach guests

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Mallorca, Spain

June 5, 2022

Drone at Düsseldorf Airport: Airbus 380 must be rerouted to Cologne

Airports

Düsseldorf, Germany

June 4, 2022

Drone crashes into Palazzo Ducale

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Venice, Italy

May 23, 2022

Rogue drones' interfere with firefighters tackling Preston blaze

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Preston, UK

May 19, 2022

Drone interfers passenger plane at Nuremberg airport

Airports

Nuremberg, Germany

May 16, 2022

Drones seized at UK nuclear bases after a ‘swarm’ and reports of ‘red lights’

Energy/Utilities

London, UK

May 15, 2022

Drone interfers approaching plane close to Berlin airport

Airports

Grünheide, Germany

May 14, 2022

HMP Liverpool staff spot drone flying above prison as man arrested nearby

Prisons

Liverpool, UK

May 10, 2022

Drone sighting causes delays at Berlin airport

Airports

Berlin, Germany

May 6, 2022

Flight to Dubai delayed due to drone in Inchinnan area

Airports

Glasgow, Scotland, UK

May 4, 2022

Leeds Bradford Airport plane almost collides with drone

Airports

Leeds, UK

April 28, 2022

Tourists crash drones into Italy landmarks in Rome and Pisa

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Rome, Italy

April 23, 2022

Drone pilot arrested for flying drone in restricted area where French President Macron spoke

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Marseille, France

April 19, 2022

Drone Shot Down On Belarusian-Lithuanian Border

Government/Military

Minsk, Belarus

April 14, 2022

Latvia's National Armed Forces identified drones that had entered a restricted area of ​​a military facility

Government/Military

Riga, Latvia

April 8, 2022

Police drone could have 'seriously injured' people in Poole

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Poole, UK

April 8, 2022

Pilot spotted two drones at 3,000 feet

Airports

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

March 28, 2022

All flight operations at Dublin Airport stopped for around 20 minutes due to a drone being flown in the area

Airports

Dublin, Ireland

March 27, 2022

Drone Spied on Maltese Politicians Home

Government/Military

Valetta, Malta

February 15, 2022

Incident

Industry

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Date

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Police Arrest Drone Operator Allegedly Filming, Spying On Church, Cleric’s House In Enugu

Private/Non-Coporate

Enugu, Nigeria

May 14, 2022

Cops confiscate drone from journalist spying on private elephant farm

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Gobabis, Namibia

February 12, 2022

Incident

Industry

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Date

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Police fire at drone in Kanachak border

Government/Military

Jammu, India

June 7, 2022

Pak drone loaded with magnetic bombs, grenades shot down in J-K's Kathua

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Kathua, India

May 29, 2022

J&K Police Recover Drone From Satwari; BSF Continues To Foil Pak's Attempt To Drop Drones

Government/Military

Nai Basti, India

May 14, 2022

BSF shoots down drone from Pakistan, recovers 10.6kg of heroin in Amritsar

Government/Military

Amritsar, India

May 9, 2022

BSF Fires At Pak Drone Near Jammu

Government/Military

Jammu and Kashmir, India

May 7, 2022

BSF troops open fire at Pakistani drone near IB in Jammu

Government/Military

Jammu and Kashmir, India

May 4, 2022

BSF shoots down drone in Amritsar sector

Government/Military

Dhanoe Kalan, India

April 29, 2022

Pak drone sighted along Punjab border, 165 shots fired

Government/Military

Dorangala, India

April 23, 2022

Gang using drones for smuggling drugs from Pakistan busted in Tarn Taran; 3 held

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Tarn Taran, India

April 17, 2022

$51k fine for man who unlawfully operated drone, causing 2 RSAF aircraft to be rerouted

Airports

Singapore

April 14, 2022

Warning after drones enter Sydney Airport airspace

Airports

Sydney, Australia

April 13, 2022

Marina police detained and warned two people for flying a drone over a lighthouse in a restricted area.

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Chennai, India

April 13, 2022

BSF seizes 4-kg heroin dropped via drone in Tarn Taran

Prisons

Havelian Village, Pakistan

April 12, 2022

Drone Mystery In Kumbia

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Kumbia, Australia

April 2, 2022

A man was arrested for flying a drone over high court

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Chennai, India

March 29, 2022

Punjab: Drone drops bombs in Amritsar, flees to Pakistan after BSF opens fire

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Amritsar, India

February 8, 2022

Singapore branch of the China Railway First Group was fined $22,000 for flying a drone in public areas without a permit

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Marymount, Singapore

January 29, 2022

An Underage Teen Uploaded a Video of His Drone Flying Into Shenyang Airport and Being Shot Down on the Runway

Airports

Shenyang, China

January 29, 2022

Drone sighted at Indo-Pak border

Government/Military

Amritsar, India

January 29, 2022

Two hurt as drone falls on them during R-Day event at Jabalpur stadium

Stadiums

Jabalpur, India

January 26, 2022

Incident

Industry

location

Date

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Bomblet Dropping Drones Are Now Being Used By Cartels In Mexico’s Drug War

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Michoacan, Mexico

January 10, 2022

Colombian prison guards use drones to fly contraband – and burgers – into their own jail

Prisons

Valledupar, Columbia

December 1, 2021

Drones drop explosives in Ecuador prison attack by suspected drug cartels

Prisons

Guayaquil, Ecuador

September 13, 2021

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

Incident

Industry

location

Date

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Iraqi forces down drone over prison in Baghdad

Prisons

Baghdad, Iraq

June 6, 2022

Drone Targets Iran's Parchin Military Base

Government/Military

Parchin, Iran

May 24, 2022

IDF says it downed Hezbollah drone that entered Israeli airspace amid major drill

Government/Military

Haifa, Israel

May 17, 2022

Jordanian army downs drone carrying drugs from Syria

Government/Military

Jordan

May 14, 2022

IDF drone crashes in Syria, army says no data leaked

Government/Military

Golan Heights, Syria

April 26, 2022

Drone interrupts training by the DR Congo-team in the lead-up to the 2022 World Cup qualifying play-offs

Stadiums

Casablanca, Morocco

March 31, 2022

Houthis rebels attacked oil depot and other facilities with rocket and drone strikes.

Energy/Utilities

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

March 25, 2022

Uav Crashes Near Speicher Military Base in Saladin

Government/Military

Saladin, Iraq

January 31, 2022

Israeli military forces shot down a Hamas drone

Government/Military

Gaza

January 29, 2022

Houthis fire explosive-laden drone at school in Yemen's Marib

Education

Marib, Yemen

January 29, 2022

Drone attack in Abu Dhabi claimed by Yemen’s rebels kills 3

Energy/Utilities

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

January 17, 2022

Ethiopia: 19 people killed in latest drone strikes in Tigray

Government/Military

Tigray, Ethiopia

January 10, 2022

Hezbollah drone downed by IDF mistakenly reveals operatives' pictures

Government/Military

Blue Line, Israel

January 5, 2022

Coalition: 2 armed drones shot down at Baghdad airport

Airports

Baghdad, Iraq

January 3, 2022

Iraqi Prime Minister Survives Drone Attack

Government/Military

Baghdad, Iraq

November 7, 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

FAA Quarterly Report

The US Federal Aviation Administration periodically publishes reports on drone sightings from pilots, citizens and law enforcement.

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