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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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

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

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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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Woman held for flying drone near Charminar

Private/Non-Coporate

Hyderabad, Telangana, India

July 6, 2018

Drone diverts landing planes at Auckland airport

Airports

Aukland, NZ

April 6, 2018

Illegal drone flights double in 2017 amid ignorance of regulations

Government/Military

Tokyo, Japan

April 6, 2018

Drone pilot gets hefty fine after flying his machine over an Ed Sheeran concert

Stadiums

Brisbane, Australia

April 3, 2018

Smugglers Caught Using Drones to Drop $80 Million Worth of iPhones Into China

Consumer Products

Shenzhen, China

March 30, 2018

Drone nearly hits plane landing in New Zealand from Japan

Airports

Wellington, New Zealand

March 27, 2018

Drone Near Taj Mahal: Two Tourists Detained for Flying Drone Camera Near the Monument

Private/Non-Coporate

Uttar Pradesh, India

March 6, 2018

Man charged for flying drone near Mt Roy fire, Wanaka

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Wanaka, New Zealand

March 1, 2018

How Widespread Is The Problem Of ‘Peeping Tom’ Drones?

Private/Non-Coporate

Upper Hutt, New Zealand

February 25, 2018

Frenchman arrested for flying drone

Private/Non-Coporate

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

February 23, 2018

Drone Crashes Into Farmer's Field In Karnataka During Trial

Finance

Karnataka, India

February 22, 2018

China Says Indian Drone Crashed In Its Territory

Government/Military

Beijing, China

December 7, 2017

Tigers tackle hi-tech intruder at Chinese wildlife park

Government/Military

Chongqing, China

December 4, 2017

Candy-carrying drone crashes into crowd, injuring six in Gifu

Ogaki, Japan

November 5, 2017

Myanmar to charge journalists on assignment for Turkish state TV: officials

Entertainment/Media

Naypyitaw, Myanmar

October 29, 2017

Drone smuggling contraband into Lithgow prison captured on CCTV

Prisons

Lithgow, Australia

October 26, 2017

Man arrested after drone crashes on Chinese high-speed rail line

Transportation (non-airports)

Hebei, China

September 3, 2017

‘Drone voyeur’ arrested for filming naked bathers in Jeju

Private/Non-Coporate

Jeju, South Korea

August 9, 2017

Man Flies Drone Inside Airport, Gets Arrested After Returning From Trip

Airports

Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong

July 19, 2017

Plane hits drone over Adelaide airport

Airports

Adelaide, Australia

July 12, 2017

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Industry

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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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