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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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

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

Incident

Industry

location

Date

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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

Saudi security shoots down recreational drone near royal palace

Private/Non-Coporate

Riyadh, KSA

April 21, 2018

Ben Gurion flights halted after drone enters airspace

Airports

Tel Aviv, Israel

January 21, 2018

Wayward drone briefly grounds flights at Ben Gurion Airport

Airports

Tel Aviv, Israel

December 12, 2017

Flights halted at IGI Airport after pilot spotted ‘drone’

Airports

New Delhi, India

August 21, 2017

Seconds from disaster: Passenger jet & drone narrowly avoid collision over Israel

Airports

Tel Aviv, Israel

August 15, 2017

DJI drone enthusiast arrested in Israel for filming planes landing at Tel Aviv airport

Airports

Sde Dov, Israel

July 18, 2017

Incident: LAM B737 at Tete on Jan 5th 2017, radome structural failure

Airports

Tete, Mozambique

January 6, 2017

Flights diverted from Sharjah International Airport due to suspected drone incident

Airports

Sharjah - United Arab Emirates

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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