Worldwide Drone Incidents

Learn about the latest drone-related incidents and intrusions from around the world

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Region

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

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

location

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

Incident

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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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

BSF fires on suspected drone at International Border in Jammu

Government/Military

Jammu, India

August 2, 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

Pakistan drone drops heroin in Srikaranpur subdivision of Ganganagar

Government/Military

Srikaranpur, India

June 27, 2022

Drone crash in Sydney hotel injures guest

Hospitality/Real Estate

Sydney, Australia

June 23, 2022

Man booked for flying drone over Ettumanur temple

Law Enforcement/First Responders

Ettumanoor, India

June 20, 2022

BSF troopers repulse Pak drone spotted in Amritsar

Government/Military

Amritsar, India

June 19, 2022

Air Force security personnel confiscated a drone that entered military airspace near Ritidian Overlook

Government/Military

Ritidian, Guam

June 11, 2022

BSF troops shoot at Pak drone, force it back

Government/Military

Jammu, India

June 9, 2022

Police fire at drone in Kanachak border

Government/Military

Jammu, India

June 7, 2022

Girl lucky not to be hurt after drone chased Riding for Disabled Whanganui horses

Private/Non-Coporate

Whanganui, New Zealand

June 1, 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

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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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

Saudi oil production cut by 50% after drones attack crude facilities

Energy/Utilities

Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia

September 15, 2019

FAA Quarterly Report

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

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