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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Falcons-Seahawks game momentarily delayed after unidentified drone flies over Lumen Field

Stadiums

Seattle, WA, USA

September 25, 2022

Two people were arrested for using a drone to smuggle contraband into Telfair Prison

Prisons

McRae-Helena, GA, USA

August 14, 2022

A burglar used his own drone to attack a police drone in mid-air as it chased him

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Spokane, WA, USA

August 13, 2022

As India prepares to celebrate its 75th Independence Day, two people were arrested for flying drones over the Victoria Memorial

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Kolkata, India

August 12, 2022

High flying drone comes within 8-feet of Delta flight landing at Orlando International Airport

Airports

Orlando, FL, USA

August 4, 2022

BSF fires on suspected drone at International Border in Jammu

Government/Military

Jammu, India

August 2, 2022

Drone seized in Birmingham after being flown ‘dangerously’ over Commonwealth Games crowds

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Birmingham, UK

July 30, 2022

Amritsar police arrested drug traffickers and seized five kg of heroin drone dropped into the country

Government/Military

Manjh, India

July 28, 2022

5kg heroin dropped by drone seized near border in Ajnala

Government/Military

Ajnala, India

July 27, 2022

photographer operating a DJI Mini 2 without permission above the railway line was arrested and fined by the Haikou Railway Police

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Haikou, China

July 27, 2022

Drones bomb junta troops stationed in Sagaing's Shwebo Township

Government/Military

Sagaing, Myanmar

July 26, 2022

One Killed, Several Injured in Drone Attack on Syria Church Gathering

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Al-Suqaylabiyah, Syria

July 24, 2022

DC’s Reagan National Airport briefly halts flights after drone reported in area

Airports

Washington D.C, USA

July 21, 2022

A Hezbollah drone breached the Israeli border from Lebanon and was intercepted by the IDF

Government/Military

Israel

July 18, 2022

Multiple packages seized following suspected drone drops at Collins Bay Institution

Prisons

July 16, 2022

Drone hovers above Yankee stadium during match against Boston Red Sox

Stadiums

Bronx, NY, USA

July 16, 2022

Arrests made in attempt to smuggle contraband into Dooly State Prison

Prisons

Unadilla, GA, USA

July 16, 2022

2 People Arrested In Connection With Drone Drug Smuggling Operation

Prisons

Lawton, OK, USA

July 14, 2022

Ambulance flight delayed 20 minutes because of drone at Edmundston Airport

Airports

Saint-Jacques, Canada

July 12, 2022

Drones spy on private homes of Borussia Dortmund football stars

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Dortmund, Germany

July 9, 2022

Incident

Industry

location

Date

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Falcons-Seahawks game momentarily delayed after unidentified drone flies over Lumen Field

Stadiums

Seattle, WA, USA

September 25, 2022

Two people were arrested for using a drone to smuggle contraband into Telfair Prison

Prisons

McRae-Helena, GA, USA

August 14, 2022

A burglar used his own drone to attack a police drone in mid-air as it chased him

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Spokane, WA, USA

August 13, 2022

High flying drone comes within 8-feet of Delta flight landing at Orlando International Airport

Airports

Orlando, FL, USA

August 4, 2022

DC’s Reagan National Airport briefly halts flights after drone reported in area

Airports

Washington D.C, USA

July 21, 2022

Multiple packages seized following suspected drone drops at Collins Bay Institution

Prisons

July 16, 2022

Drone hovers above Yankee stadium during match against Boston Red Sox

Stadiums

Bronx, NY, USA

July 16, 2022

Arrests made in attempt to smuggle contraband into Dooly State Prison

Prisons

Unadilla, GA, USA

July 16, 2022

2 People Arrested In Connection With Drone Drug Smuggling Operation

Prisons

Lawton, OK, USA

July 14, 2022

Ambulance flight delayed 20 minutes because of drone at Edmundston Airport

Airports

Saint-Jacques, Canada

July 12, 2022

B.C. men arrested after drone, meth intercepted at Manitoba prison

Prisons

Stony Mountain, Canada

July 3, 2022

BC men charged after drone flies drugs into Manitoba prison

Prisons

July 3, 2022

Minnesota sheriff's office locates operator of drone that approached kids, dropped candy

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Rice, Minnesota, USA

June 29, 2022

Minnesota officials are investigating after a drone drops a bag of candy near children

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Benton County, MN, USA

June 27, 2022

A drone flew within one kilometer of Kelowna International Airport as aircraft took off below it

Airports

Kelowna, BC, Canada

June 10, 2022

Inmates Attempted to Smuggle Contraband Using Drones, Correctional Officer Says

Prisons

Miami, FL, USA

June 8, 2022

The Correctional Service of Canada has again seized several packages containing contraband dropped by drones at the Collins Bay jail

Prisons

Kingston, Canada

June 5, 2022

California man arrested for dropping illegal fireworks from drone

Law Enforcement/First Responders

American Canyon, CA, USA

June 3, 2022

Man injured by falling drone at rib cook-off

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Berea, OH, USA

May 29, 2022

Unauthorized Drone Down Firefighting Aircraft

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Cerro Pelado, Costa Rica

May 14, 2022

Incident

Industry

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Date

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Drone seized in Birmingham after being flown ‘dangerously’ over Commonwealth Games crowds

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Birmingham, UK

July 30, 2022

Drones spy on private homes of Borussia Dortmund football stars

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Dortmund, Germany

July 9, 2022

Several sightings' of drone flown illegally near city airport

Airports

Aberdeen, UK

July 6, 2022

Ukrainian miniature drone destroyed a huge Russian ammunition depot with just one grenade

Government/Military

Popasna, Ukraine

July 2, 2022

Drone was operated in no-fly zone near US airbase

Airports

Spangdahlem, Germany

July 1, 2022

Mossos report man for flying a drone over Barcelona without permission

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Barcelona, Spain

June 27, 2022

Drone over the "Ballermann": Pilot reported by police

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Mallorca, Spain

June 25, 2022

Glastonbury: Police detect illegal drone flight over festival

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Glastonburry, UK

June 25, 2022

Russian refinery says it was struck by drones from direction of Ukraine

Energy/Utilities

Rostov, Russia

June 22, 2022

Caution advised after suspicious drone activity over farms in North Wales

Private/Non-Coporate

North Wales, UK

June 19, 2022

Mavic 3 drones were used to bomb the Ukrainian front line with makeshift grenade carriers under the drones in paper coffee cups

Government/Military

Marinka, Ukraine

June 13, 2022

Airport disruption after drone sightings near Download Festival

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Leicestershire, UK

June 10, 2022

Prison officers forcibly landed a contraband-laden quadcopter that was spotted over the Federal Penitentiary Service for the Saratov Region

Prisons

Pugachev, Russia

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

Police seized a drone within the restricted zone of the TT Course, a street and public rural road circuit used for motorcycle racing

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Douglas, Isle of Man, UK

June 2, 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

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Industry

location

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

location

Date

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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

Two men electrocuted while retrieving drone stuck in power lines

Energy/Utilities

Victoria, Australia

January 5, 2022

Drone over Kovai kilns: 11 booked

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Coimbatore, India

January 3, 2022

A member of Sikhs for Justice is being investigated by India's National Investigation Agency for his involvement in the use of drones for cross-border smuggling

Government/Military

New Delhi, India

January 3, 2022

Shots fired after drone spotted along border

Government/Military

Rajatal, India

December 26, 2021

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

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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One Killed, Several Injured in Drone Attack on Syria Church Gathering

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Al-Suqaylabiyah, Syria

July 24, 2022

A Hezbollah drone breached the Israeli border from Lebanon and was intercepted by the IDF

Government/Military

Israel

July 18, 2022

IDF shoots down 3 Hezbollah drones heading for Karish gas field

Energy/Utilities

Israel

July 2, 2022

Explosive drone detonates in Iraq's northern city of Erbil

Government/Military

Erbil, Iraq

June 8, 2022

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

FAA Quarterly Report

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