More than 70 close calls with small drones since Aug. 1

Locations are diagrammatic

  • Johnstown, Pa.

    Aug. 1, 2015

    Cessna C182 reports that a yellow drone about the size of "a dishwasher" passed 50 feet underneath as it was flying at 9,500 feet about 10 miles northeast of Johnstown.

  • San Antonio

    Aug. 1, 2015

    A Piper PA32 arriving from Monterrey, Mexico, observed a drone "within a few feet" of the aircraft at an altitude of 2,000 feet as it approached San Antonio International Airport, four miles from the runway.

  • Arlington, Tex.

    Aug. 1, 2015

    A Cessna C172 observed a red-and-black drone at an altitude of 1,000 to 1,600 feet about two miles southwest of Arlington Municipal Airport.

  • Seattle

    Aug. 1, 2015

    A Rockwell AC90 turboprop observed a white drone with black markings at 3,700 feet, about 11 miles east of Seattle.

  • La Verne, Calif.

    Aug. 2, 2015

    A Piper P28A reported having to maneuver to avoid colliding with a drone at an altitude of 2,400 feet about eight miles southeast of Brackett Field Airport.

  • New York

    Aug. 2, 2015

    American Airlines Flight 292, an Airbus 321 aircraft, reported seeing a drone pass 300 feet underneath while flying at an altitude of 3,000 feet over Sandy Hook N.J., near John F. Kennedy International Airport. The drone was described as an orange quadcopter.

  • Teterboro, N.J.

    Aug. 2, 2015

    A NetJets Cessna C680 bound for Schenectady, N.Y. observed a white-and-red drone hovering 1,000 feet underneath as it was flying at an altitude of 5,000 feet about 14 miles northwest of Teterboro.

  • Sewell, N.J.

    Aug. 2, 2015

    A Piper PA28 reported turning to avoid a black drone at an altitude of 1,000 feet.

  • Phoenix

    Aug. 2, 2015

    A Piper P28A reported a drone passing within 50 feet of the aircraft as it flew about 23 miles northeast of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

  • New York

    Aug. 2, 2015

    Shuttle America Flight 5911, an Embraer 145, reported a black drone about 30 feet off its left side as it was landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

  • Hartford, Conn.

    Aug. 2, 2015

    A Cessna C177 reported a silver, metallic drone traveling in the opposite direction at an altitude of 5,000 feet, about 18 miles northeast of Bradley International Airport.

  • New York

    Aug. 2, 2015

    Express Jet Flight 4906 reported a drone passing 15 to 20 feet underneath the aircraft while it was flying at an altitude of 4,000 feet near John F. Kennedy International Airport.

  • Phoenix

    Aug. 2, 2015

    American Airlines Flight 605, an Airbus 320, reported a black-and-yellow quadcopter drone "below the nose of the aircraft" as it was flying at an altitude of 7,000 feet about six miles northeast of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

  • Danbury, Conn.

    Aug. 3, 2015

    A Piper PA23 reported a drone coming within 20 feet of the left side of the cockpit while flying at an altitude of 1,700 feet about seven miles northeast of Danbury Municipal Airport.

  • Austin

    Aug. 3, 2015

    Jazz Airlines Flight 840, arriving from Toronto, reported a drone in the 12 o'clock position while heading southbound at an altitude of 3,000 feet about 12 miles north of Austin.

  • Austin

    Aug. 3, 2015

    American Airlines Flight 2298, arriving from Chicago, reported a black-and-red drone off its right side about five miles north of Austin.

  • Minneapolis

    Aug. 3, 2015

    Shuttle America Flight 3504, an Embraer 170 arriving from Chicago, reported a drone 50 feet to the right of the cockpit as it was flying westbound at an altitude of 2,500 feet about five miles from Minneapolis.

  • Sanford, Fla.

    Aug. 4, 2015

    A Cessna 172 reported passing near a white quadcopter drone at an altitude of 2,300 feet about 10 miles northeast of Sanford, Fla.

  • Los Angeles

    Aug. 4, 2015

    United Flight 935, a Boeing 777-200 arriving from London, reported a drone on the left side of the cockpit at an altitude of 300 to 400 feet about one mile from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

  • New York

    Aug. 5, 2015

    A Bell 430 helicopter reported a white drone about 100 feet above the left side of the cockpit at an altitude of 500 feet about two miles south of John F. Kennedy International Airport.

  • Sanford, Fla.

    Aug. 5, 2015

    A Hawker Beechcraft Baron 55 reported a white drone with light stripes as it flew at an altitude of 1,000 feet about five miles southeast of Orlando Sanford International Airport.

  • Riverside, Calif.

    Aug. 5, 2015

    A pedestrian reported seeing a red drone at an unknown altitude about a half mile from March Air Reserve Base.

  • Knox, Ind.

    Aug. 5, 2015

    American Airlines Flight 629, en route from Charlotte to Chicago, reported a six-bladed drone at an altitude of 15,000 feet.

  • Farmingdale, N.Y.

    Aug. 5, 2015

    A Piper PA28 reported a remote-control model airplane or drone with a five-foot wingspan maneuvering at an altitude of 1,500 feet.

  • Springfield, Ill.

    Aug. 6, 2015

    A Medevac Airlife helicopter reported a small drone with green lights at an altitude of 400 to 600 feet while landing at St. John's Hospital.

  • Chicago

    Aug. 7, 2015

    Republic Airlines Flight 4354 reported passing within 200 feet of a drone about six miles south of Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

  • New York

    Aug. 18, 2015

    JetBlue Flight 2001, arriving from Buffalo, reported a white drone to the left while flying at an altitude of 700 feet, about two miles from John F. Kennedy International Airport.

  • New York

    Aug. 7, 2015

    JetBlue Flight 8801 reported a drone at an altitude of 500 to 800 feet as it took off from John F. Kennedy International Airport.

  • Washington

    Aug. 7, 2015

    U.S. Park Police apprehend a drone operator for flying a quadcopter near the Washington Monument.

  • Wolf Lake, Ind.

    Aug. 8, 2015

    A Cirrus SR22 made an evasive maneuver to avoid colliding with a white-and-silver drone about 200 to 300 feet off its left wing while flying at an altitude of 3,600 feet about 10 miles north of Wolf Lake, Ind.

  • Santa Ana, Calif.

    Aug. 8, 2015

    A Coast Guard helicopter reported seeing a drone at an altitude of 300 feet about five miles southeast of Santa Ana, Calif.

  • Seattle

    Aug. 8, 2015

    Alaska Airlines Flight 446, en route to Los Angeles from Seattle, observed a red-and-white drone at an altitude of 8,000 to 10,00 feet about 24 miles southeast of Seattle.

  • Van Nuys, Calif.

    Aug. 8, 2015

    A Cessna C172 observed "a huge, silver, military style" drone at an altitude of 5,700 feet in the vicinity of Van Nuys Airport.

  • Maxwell, Calif.

    Aug. 9, 2015

    A Mooney M20 propeller aircraft reported seeing a red-and-white drone at an altitude of 4,000 feet about 10 miles southeast of Maxwell, Calif.

  • Glendale, Ariz.

    Aug. 9, 2015

    A Cessna C172 reported a black drone about 100 feet off its left wing as it was flying at an altitude of 2,100 feet in the vicinity of Glendale Municipal Airport.

  • Raleigh, N.C.

    Aug. 9, 2015

    Shuttle America Flight 3312, arriving from Philadelphia, reported a quadcopter drone at an altitude of 8,000 feet about 14 miles northeast of Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

  • Chicago

    Aug. 9, 2015

    Express Jet Flight 6144, arriving from Lehigh Valley International Airport, observed a small drone at an altitude of 10,500 feet about five miles east of Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

  • Teterboro, N.J.

    Aug. 9, 2015

    NetJets Flight 213, bound for Pontiac, Mich., observed a drone at an altitude of 1,500 feet about four miles southwest of Teterboro Airport.

  • Detroit

    Aug. 9, 2015

    Air-traffic control personnel at Detroit Metro Airport reported a drone hovering 100 feet above the terminal.

  • Los Angeles

    Aug. 9, 2015

    WestJet Flight 1698, arriving from Vancouver, observed a black, helicopter-style drone with red-and-white flashing lights at an altitude of 1,300 feet about four miles northeast of Los Angeles International Airport.

  • San Jose

    Aug. 9, 2015

    A Diamond DA-40 single-engine aircraft reported a drone, about 40 inches in diameter, flying at an altitude of 2,600 to 2,700 feet about eight miles southeast of San Jose International Airport.

  • Newark, N.J.

    Aug. 10, 2015

    Shuttle America Flight 3545 reported a drone passing about 15 feet overhead as it was flying at an altitude of 1,100 feet about five miles from Newark-Liberty International Airport.

  • Denver

    Aug. 12, 2015

    Air-traffic control personnel reported an individual operating a drone about two miles south of a runway.

  • Springfield, Va.

    Aug. 12, 2015

    Air-traffic control personnel notified police from the Federal Protective Service that a drone was flying in the vicinity of Terminal Road. The drone landed on a warehouse and was confiscated. A suspect was located but not arrested.

  • Nantucket, Mass.

    Aug. 12, 2015

    Witnesses reported a drone with a wingspan of about 3-to-4 feet flying over the base exchange, at an altitude of 2,000 feet, about two miles west of Nantucket, Mass. The U.S. Secret Service was notified.

  • Fresno, Calif.

    Aug. 12, 2015

    A medevac Bell helicopter took reported nearly colliding with a drone at an altitude of 1,000 feet about two miles north of Fresno, Calif.

  • Taylorville, Ill.

    Aug. 12, 2015

    A Cessna C208 reported a drone at an altitude of 5,000 feet about a mile east of Taylorville Municipal Airport.

  • Riverside, Calif.

    Aug. 13, 2015

    A KC-135 military refueling aircraft reported a white drone at an altitude of 2,700 feet near March Air Reserve Base.

  • Atlanta

    Aug. 13, 2015

    Express Jet Flight 5102, arriving from Montgomery, Ala., reported a black-and-orange drone with multiple rotors at an altitude of 5,500 feet about 12 miles from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

  • Wiscasset, Maine

    Aug. 14, 2015

    A Learjet en route from Augusta, Maine, to Westhampton Beach, N.Y., reported a bright-orange drone at an altitude of 12,000 to 13,000 feet near Wiscasset Airport.

  • Gulfport, Miss.

    Aug. 14, 2015

    A helicopter reported a red drone at an altitude of 2,000 feet, about six miles northwest of Gulfport, Miss.

  • Denver

    Aug. 14, 2015

    A regional air carrier reported a white drone with four rotors at an altitude of 3,000 feet about five miles from Denver International Airport.

  • Louisville

    Aug. 15, 2015

    A Mooney M20 propeller aircraft reported a drone passing 100 feet overhead while flying at an altitude of 1,300 feet about 1.5 miles southwest of Louisville International Airport.

  • Orlando

    Aug. 15, 2015

    A Cessna C172 reported a drone at an altitude of 2,300 feet about 27 miles west of Orlando International Airport.

  • Charleston, W. Va.

    Aug. 15, 2015

    A Piper PA28 reported a drone flying at the same altitude, 2,500 feet, about three miles northwest of Yeager Airport.

  • York, Pa.

    Aug. 15, 2015

    A Cessna C182 arriving from Essex County, N.J., reported being almost struck by a small drone at an altitude of 1,500 feet about four miles west of York Airport.

  • Pittsburgh

    Aug. 15, 2015

    The Pittsburgh Air Force Reserve Station reported that a drone was operating at a low altitude in the vicinity of a taxiway at Pittsburgh International Airport.

  • Burbank, Calif.

    Aug. 15, 2015

    A Robinson R44 helicopter reported a drone with a blue light and a parachute flying at an altitude of 1,600 feet about four miles west of Burbank Bob Hope Airport.

  • Sanford, Fla.

    Aug. 16, 2015

    A Cessna C337 reported that a black quadcopter drone passed below while flying at an altitude of 500 feet about four miles from Orlando Sanford International Airport.

  • Los Angeles

    Aug. 16, 2015

    JetBlue Flight 23 reported a white drone on the left side of the aircraft while flying at an altitude of 500 feet about one mile east of Los Angeles International Airport.

  • Springfield, Ill.

    Aug. 16, 2015

    An unidentified caller contacted the air-traffic control tower to report seeing a drone hovering above the trees in the vicinity of a runway.

  • Hobbs, N.M.

    Aug. 16, 2015

    A Mooney M20 propeller aircraft reported a white-and-blue drone flying at an altitude of 7,000 feet.

  • Louisville

    Aug. 16, 2015

    A Yakovlev Yak-52 trainer aircraft reported a white-and-silver quadcopter drone 100 feet below while flying at an altitude of 1,600 feet about 1.5 miles southeast of Louisville International Airport.

  • Washington

    Aug. 16, 2015

    A Cessna C206 reported a drone flying at an altitude of 1,500 feet about eight miles northwest of Reagan National Airport. Military aircraft scrambled in response.

  • Taylor, Tex.

    Aug. 16, 2015

    A Cirrus SR22, flyign at an altitude of 5,500 feet, reported a black-and-white drone about 500 feet below the aircraft about three miles northwest of Taylor Municipal Airport.

  • Burlington, N.C.

    Aug. 16, 2015

    A Cessna C172 reported a quadcopter drone at an altitude of 1,100 feet.

  • Los Angeles

    Aug. 16, 2015

    Allegiant Air Flight 205, arriving from McAllen, Tex., reported a drone passing underneath the aircraft while flying at an altitude of 4,500 feet about 15 miles east of Los Angeles International Airport.

  • Chicago

    Aug. 16, 2015

    United Airlines Flight 970 reported a drone flying at an altitude of 3,500 feet about five miles northwest of Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

  • San Jose

    Aug. 16, 2015

    A Cessna C172 reported a tan drone passing 500 feet underneath the aircraft as it was flying at an altitude of 3,800 feet about seven miles southwest of San Jose.

  • La Verne, Calif.

    Aug. 16, 2015

    A Bellanca 7KCAB propeller aircraft reported a drone at an altitude of 500 feet about a half mile southeast of Brackett Field Airport.

  • St. Paul, Minn.

    Aug. 17, 2015

    A Robinson R22 helicopter reported that a drone came within 50 feet while flying about three miles northeast of St. Paul. The drone was reportedly conducting surveillance of a protest on the ground.

  • Boston

    Aug. 17, 2015

    Southwest Airlines Flight 1027, arriving from Nashville International Airport, reported a drone below the aircraft, about a quarter-mile off the right side, while flying at an altitude of 800 feet and preparing to land at Logan International Airport.

  • Dallas-Forth Worth

    Aug. 17, 2015

    Express Jet Flight 2668 reported a drone operating over the Lewisville Dam about 10 miles north of Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport.

  • Newberg, Ore.

    Aug. 17, 2015

    A Cessna C172 reported a silver drone about 500 feet below the aircraft and 1,000 feet off its right side while flying about five miles north of Sportsman Airpark.

  • Dallas-Fort Worth

    Aug. 17, 2015

    American Airlines Flight 1439 reported an orange drone at an altitude of 500 feet as it was preparing to land at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Source: Federal Aviation Administration reports