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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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

Mexico cartel used explosive drones to attack police

Government/Military

Aguililla, Mexico

April 20, 2021

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

Prisons

Fort Dix, NJ, USA

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

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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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

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

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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