Drone Crash Database

Campus Drone Incident

Note: This database cover UAV crashes since 01 Jan 2007. It has been compiled from USAF Accident Investigation Board (AIB) Reports, the Wikileaks War Logs and reports from the general and military press. It does not include crashes by mini-UAV’s like Raven and Scan Eagle as they crash so often it would swamp the database (see this report for the number of mini-UAV crashes mentioned in the Wikileaks War Logs). This list is almost certainly not complete. If you know of any other large drone crashes not mentioned in the database please let me know.

Last updated:  12 Oct 2013

Date

Drone Type

Cause/ Details

Where

Reference

 

 

 

 

 

08 Oct 2013

Israeli Hermes 450

 

Israel

Press report

23 Sept 2013

Unknown ISAF

 

Paktia, Afghanistan

Press report

25 July 2013

USAF MQ-9 Reaper

 

New Mexico, USA

Press Report

14 July 2013

Israeli Hermes 450

 

Israel/Egypt border

Press Report

18 June 2013

Unknown NATO

 

Afghanistan

Press Report

5 June 2013

USAF K-Max

 

Afghanistan

Press Report

27 May 2013

US S-100 Camcopter

 

Somalia

Press Report

11 May 2013

IDF Heron

 

Israel

Press Report

2 May 2013

IDF Sky Model

 

“near Gaza”

Press Report

22 Apr 2013

Unknown Russian

 

Kazakhstan

Press Report

? April 2013

USAF  MQ – 9 Reaper

Mechanical failure

Mali

Press Report

2 March  2013

 USAF MQ-1B Predator   

electronics failure  

Afghanistan

USAF Accident Report (pdf)

2012

21 Dec 2012

Unknown

South Waziristan

Press Report

5 Dec 2012

Unknown

Omdurman, Sudan

Press Report

5 Dec 2012

USAF MQ-9 Reaper

Nevada, US

Press Report

26 Oct 2012

 USAF MQ-1Predator

 

Afghanistan

USAF Press Release

22 Oct 2012

Unknown Israeli

Israel

Press Report

27 Sept 2012

Turkish ANKA

Turkey

Press Report

18 Sept 2012

USAF MQ-1Predator

Lost link

Not reported

USAF Press Release

22 Aug 2012

USAF MQ-1Predator

Electrical fault

Afghanistan

USAF Press Release

25 July 2012

US MQ1 Predator & MQ1 C Gray Eagle

El Mirage, Arizona

Press Report

14 July 2012

Unknown Hezbollah

Lebanon

Press Report

19 June 2012

Unknown ISAF

Kunar, Afghanistan

Press Report

11 June 2012

US Navy BAMS

Maryland, USA

US Navy Press release

19 May 2012

Unknown Pakistan army

Mianwali District, Pakistan

Press Report

10 May 2012

Schiebel S-100

Loss of GPS

South Korea

Press Report

29 April 2012

Unknown ISAF

Ghazni Province, Afghanistan

Press Report

14 April 2012

USAF MQ1-B Predator

Afghanistan

Press Report

25 Feb 2012

Unknown

Miranshah, Pakistan

Press Report

21 Feb 2012

USAF MQ-1B Predator

Mechanical failure

Djibouti

USAF Accident Report (PDF)

16 Feb 2012

Searcher II

India

Press Report/

14 Feb 2012

USAF MQ1-B Predator

Mechanical failure

Afghanistan

USAF Accident Report (PDF)

03 Feb 2012

Unknown

Somalia

Press Report

30 Jan 2012

USAF MQ-1B Predator

Mechanical failure

Kandahar, Afghanistan

USAF Accident Report (PDF)

29 Jan 2012

Heron TP

Israel

Press Report

28 Jan 2012

Unknown

Afghanistan

Press Report

2011

27 Dec 2011

Unknown

 

Afghanistan

Press Report

13 Dec 2011

US Predator MQ-9

 

Seychelles

Press Report

4 Dec 2011

US Sentinel MQ-170

 

Iran

Press Report

11 Nov 2011

Israeli Heron

 

Turkey

Press Report

7 Oct 2011

USAF Reaper MQ-9

 

New Mexico

Press Report

24 Aug 2011

Chinese Pterodactyl

 

Hebei province, China

Press Report

24 Aug 2011

USAF Reaper MQ-9

 

Texas

Press Report

20 Aug 2011

USAF Global Hawk RQ-4

 

Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Press reports USAF Accident Report

15 Aug 2011

Shadow

Collides with Cargo plane

Afghanistan

Press reports

11 Aug 2011

DARPA HTV-2

Wear to outer skin

Pacific Ocean

Press Report

19 Jul 2011

Unknown Pakistani Navy

 

Karachi

Press report

10 July 2011

USAF Predator MQ-1B

 

Afghanistan

USAF Accident Report

28 Jun 2011

USAF Predator MQ-1B

 

Afghanistan

ISAF report

5 June 2011

USAF Predator MQ-1B

 

Afghanistan

USAF Accident Report

17 May 2011

USAF Predator MQ-1B

 

Djibouti

USAF Accident Report

7 May 2011

USAF Predator MQ-1B

 

Djibouti

USAF Accident Report

5 May 2011

USAF Predator MQ-1

 

Khandhar, Afghanistan

USAF Accident Report

1 May 2011

USAF Predator MQ-1

 

Afghanistan

UAF Accident Report

1 Apr 2011

Global Observer

 

California

Press reports

1 Apr 2011

USAF MQ-9 Reaper

 

New Mexico

Press reports

15 Mar 2011

USAF Predator MQ-1B

 

Djibouti

Press Report

4 Mar 2011

Turkish Heron

 

Mardin, Turkey

Press Report

8 Feb 2011-

USAF Predator

 

Loder, Yemen

Press Report

14 Jan 2011

USAF Predator MQ-1B

 

Djibouti

USAF Accident report

3 Jan 2011

USAF Predator MQ-1B

 

Kandahar

USAF Accident report

2010

14 Dec 2010

Mexican Orbiter UAV

 

El Paso, Texas

Press Report

9 Dec 2010

USAF Predator MQ-1B

Pilot error

Kandahar

USAF Accident report

28 Oct 2010

USAF MQ-9 Reaper

 

Holloman AFB, New Mexico

Press Report

22 Oct 2010

USAF MQ-1 Predator

 

Holloman AFB, New Mexico

US Military Press Release

21 Oct 2010

IDF Skylark

 

Gaza Strip

Press Report

07 Oct 2010

Unknown

 

East Afghanistan

Press Report

19 Sep 2010

USAF Predator MQ-1B

Mechanical failure

Kabul

USAF Accident report

31 Aug 2010

USAF MQ-9 Reaper

 

US California

Press Report

16 Aug 2010

USAF Predator MQ-1B

Pilot error

Balad Airbase, Iraq

USAF Accident report

29 Jul 2010

Boeing A160T unmanned helicopter

 

Boeing test facility, California

Press Report

28 Jul 2010

USAF Predator MQ-1B

 

New Mexico

USAF Accident report

16 Jul 2010

Heron UAV

 

Canada

Press Report

4 June 2010

Australian Heron

 

Kandhar

Press Report

20 Apr 2010

USAF MQ-1B Predator

Pilot error

US, California

USAF Accident Investigation

Mar 14 2010

USAF MQ-1B Predator

 

South Afghanistan

Press Report

Feb 09 2010

USAF MQ-1B Predator

 

Eastern Afghanistan

Press Report

Jan 24 2010

US Predator ?

 

Pakistan

Press Report

Jan 14 2010

USAF MQ-1B Predator

 

Southern Afghanistan

USAF Accident Investigation

Jan 13 2010

Italian Predator MQ-1B

 

Italy

Press Report

2009

Dec 13 2009

USAF Hunter UAV

 

Afghanistan

Wikileaks War Logs Report

Nov 22 2009

USAF MQ-1B Predator

 

Afghanistan

USAF Accident Investigation

Nov 14 2009

Armed uav – type unknown

 

Afghanistan

Wikileaks War Logs Report

Oct 3 2009

USAF MQ-1B Predator

 

Afghanistan

USAF Accident Investigation

Sep 24 2009

German LUNA

 

Afghanistan

Wikileaks War Logs Report

Sep 23 2009

Unknown (Falco?)

 

Parc Aberporth, Wales

Press Report

Sep 14 2009

USAF MQ-1B Predator crash

Mechanical failure

Iraq

USAF Accident InvestigationWikileaks War Log Report

Sep 13 2009

Armed MQ-9 Reaper

Rogue drone shot down

Afghanistan

Press Report

Sep 112009

MQ-1 Predator

 

Holloman AFB, New Mexico

Press Report

Sep 042009

USAF MQ-1B Predator crash

Mechanical failure

Afghanistan

USAF Accident InvestigationWikileaks War Logs Report

Aug 13 2009

USAF MQ-1B Predator crash

Mechanical failure

Iraq

USAF Accident Investigation

Aug 12 2009

GNAT

 

Mosul, Iraq

Wikileaks War Log Report

July 04 2009

USAF MQ-9 Reaper

 

Kandahar, Afghanistan

Wikileaks War Logs Report

Jun 02 2009

Hermes UAV

Engine Failure

Afghanistan

Wikileaks War Logs Report

May 13 2009

USAF MQ-1B Predator crash

Unknown – no wreckage found

Afghanistan

USAF Accident Investigation

May 08 2009

USAF MQ-1B Predator crash

Weather and Mechanical failure

Ghazani, Afghanistan

USAF Accident Investigation

Apr 28 2009

USAF MQ-1B Predator crash

Mechanical failure

Creech AFB, Nevada

USAF Accident Investigtion

Apr 20 2009

USAF MQ-1B Predator crash

Electrical failure

Afghanistan

USAF Accident Investigation

Mar 14 2009

Canadian SPERWER

 

Afghanistan

Wikileaks War Logs Report

Mar 20 2009

USAF MQ-9 Reaper crash

Mechanical failure

Fort Irwin, California

USAF Accident Investigation

Feb 22 2009

USAF MQ-1B Predator

Electrical failure

Iraq

USAF Accident InvestigationWikileaks War Logs Report

2008

Dec 04 2008

USAF MQ-1B Predator

 

Balad, Iraq

Wikileaks War Logs Report

Nov 20 2008

USAF MQ-1B Predator crash

 

Afghanistan

Wikileaks War Logs Report

Nov 02 2008

USAF MQ-1B Predator crash

Pilot error

Kanhahar, Afghanistan

USAF Accident Investigation

Oct 25 2008

SPERWER UAV

 

Afghanistan

WikileaksWar Logs Report

Oct 21 2008

Canadian SPERWER UAV

 

Afghanistan

Wikileaks War Logs Report

Aug 19 2008

USAF MQ-1B Predator crash

Mechanical failure

Iraq

USAF Accident Investigation

Aug 012008

USAF MQ-1B Predator crash

Electrical failure

Balad, Iraq

USAF Accident InvestigationWikileaks War Logs Report

Jul 212008

USAF MQ-1B Predator crash

Hazardous weather

Iraq

USAF Accident Investigation

Jun 02 2008

USAF MQ-1B Predator crash

Electrical failure

Balad, Iraq

USAF Accident InvestigationWikileaks War Logs Report

May 022008

USAF MQ-1B Predator crash

Engine failure

Iraq

USAF Accident InvestigationWikileaks War Logs Report

Apr 09 2008

USAF MQ-1B Predator crash

Mechanical failure

Iraq

USAF Accident Investigation

Apr 09 2008

RAF MQ-9 Reaper

Mechanical failure

Afghanistan

Press Reporte

Jan 13 2008

Unknown

Crashed into Airport terminal

Iraq

Wikileaks War Logs Report

2007

Dec 11 2007

Boeing A160T unmanned helicopter

 

California

Press Report

Dec 17 2007

USAF MQ-1B Predator

Power system failure

Iraq

USAF Accident InvestigationWikileaks War Logs report

Nov 29 2007

USAF MQ-1L Predator

Communication failure

Iraq

USAF Accident Investigation

Aug 20 2007

USAF MQ-1BPredator

 

 

USAF Accident Investigation

Jul 31 2007

USAF MQ-1L Preator

Engine failure

Iraq

USAF Accident Investigation

Jul 30 2007

USAF MQ-1BPredator

Engine failure

Iraq

USAF Accident Investigation

Mar 26 2007

USAF MQ-1B Predator

Pilot error

Afghanistan

USAF Accident Investigation

Jan 17 2007

USAF MQ-1B Predator

Engine failure

Iraq

USAF Investigation

UPDATES:

Drone crashes into Navy ship injuring 2 in California

Nov 12, 2013 – There was a $4 million Reaper drone that malfunctioned and crashed into a guided missile cruiser off the coast of Southern California earlier this month and the unarmed Air National Guard drone that crashed into Lake Ontario during a training exercise in the same week. They may have been “unarmed” but who’s to say they won’t be in the future?
There are four Reapers drones used “on a regular basis” out of Fort Drum.
One of the notorious things about drones and Reapers is their high accident rate. I believe that’s reason enough to be concerned.

June 26th : ISAF Unidentified UAV
Crashed in Kaspisa Province, North eastern Afghanistan No insurgent activity was reported in the area at the time
June 27th: ISAF . Unidentified UAV
Crashed in Heret Province Western Afghanistan, But ISAF said landing site made secure and UAV recovered. No insurgent activity was reported in the area at the time
Jun 28th ISAF . Unidentified UAV
Crashed in Kunar province ,eastern Afghanistan at 1400hrs , ISAF officials stated that the crash site was made secure and the UAV recovered with intial reports indicating that there was no insurgent activity in the area at the time.

Jul 19th Pakistani Navy , UAV was a UQAB-II UAV

For a dissection of a drone crash, check this one out

SI report into the accident involving Unmanned Air System (UAS) Hermes 450, ZK515.

 

Trackbacks

  1. Drone Crash Database « Drone Wars UK
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  5. 13 Large UAS Crashes So Far in 2011 | UAS VISION
  6. Drones for Peace? « Drone Wars UK
  7. Iran, Djibouti, Afghanistan, China: Drones Simply Keep Crashing « Drone Wars UK
  8. Irán, Džibouti, Afghanistán, Čína: Drony prostě pořád padají « Wertyz Report
  9. Iran’s “News Releases”: A Little Truthful, Bold Lies or BS? « To Inform is to Influence
  10. Drones Are Unreliable « Wanderingraven’s Blog
  11. Watchkeeper drone still on list of overdue defence projects « Wanderingraven’s Blog
  12. More on the Watchkeeper drone « Wanderingraven’s Blog
  13. 4. Keeping Track of the Drones | Battleland | TIME.com
  14. Drone crashes continue into 2012 « Drone Wars UK
  15. Need for a Canadian campaign network to resist drones | No Drones Canada Network
  16. Protesters at Watchkeeper drone plant « Wanderingraven’s Blog
  17. Beat Obama Committee Welcomes Krauthammer to the Tea Party « Beat Obama
  18. Heron TP crash ramifications continue « Wanderingraven’s Blog
  19. A History of Military Delusion Part 4: Corrosion and Rust | In The Corner, Mumbling and Drooling
  20. FALLING FOR IT | Gin and Tacos
  21. Canadian government favouring Global Hawk drone? | Wanderingraven’s Blog
  22. Does size matter? | All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones
  23. Florida drone crash ‘sheds light’ on dangerous program

 

For an analysis of drone crashes (written in Sept 2012) see ‘A Century of Drone Crashes’

SI report into the accident involving Unmanned Air System (UAS) Hermes 450, ZK515.

Detail

SI report into the accident involving Unmanned Air System (UAS) Hermes 450, ZK515, operated by 57 Bty, 32 Regt RA, at Bastion Airfield on 2 October 2011.

 

Full video of drone crash

Raw video of the quadcopter drone flight and crash on the streets of Manhattan.

CLICK HERE to see the full video of from the drone’s camera.

 

Resources:

Drone crash « Drone Wars UK

3. Drone Crash Database « Drone Wars UK

EXCLUSIVE: Small drone crash lands in Manhattan

Drone Crashes at Event

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