Date Location Description
November 19 Pottsville, Pa. A Life Flight V helicopter is descending to the Schuylkill County airport at 2,400 feet when a flight nurse sees a drone flying toward the aircraft “at a high rate of closure.” Pilot made an evasive right bank turn, missing drone by 50 to 100 feet.
November 18 New York Jet Blue Flight 1572, an Airbus 319 inbound to LaGuardia Airport, reports that a suspected small drone flew “under the nose of the aircraft” while between 1,500 and 2,000 feet.
November 16 New York Delta Airlines Flight 838, a Boeing 737 arriving from San Diego, and Virgin Atlantic Flight 9, a Boeing 747 from London, report a drone or possible large balloon with anti-collision white lights while descending toward John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Delta pilot reports that the drone came within 10 feet of his left wing.
November 13 Phoenix Air Canada Rouge Flight 1837, an Airbus 319 arriving from Toronto, reports a “disk-like” drone passing within 20 to 40 feet of the aircraft while at 3,000 feet, 10 miles northwest of Phoenix.
November 2 Orlando A Cessna 172 reports a drone passing 100 feet below the aircraft at an altitude of 1,000 feet near Orlando-Sanford International Airport.
October 17 Norfolk US Airways Flight 5180, operated by PSA Airlines, a regional carrier, reports a drone passing 200 feet below the aircraft while three miles southeast of Norfolk International Airport. The incident occurred while the Bombardier CRJ 200 was at an altitude of 3,000 feet.
October 12 Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. Oklahoma City air traffic control tower reports an unspecified aircraft “taking evasive action” to avoid a small drone at 4,800 feet. The pilot said the two-foot-wide black drone, with a camera attached to the bottom, passed within 10 to 20 feet of the aircraft.
September 30 New York Air traffic controllers report that a red, black and yellow drone “almost hit” Republic Airlines Flight 6230 while inbound to LaGuardia Airport at an altitude of 4,000 feet, about two miles north of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
September 22 Medford, Ore. Cirrus SR-22 pilot reports a small drone passing about 100 feet underneath while at an altitude of 4,000 feet. “Some idiot out there with a drone,” the pilot, Kyle Fortune, said in an interview.
September 21 New Orleans United Airlines Flight 315, an Airbus 319 bound for Houston, reports a helicopter drone about 100 feet off the right side of the aircraft during takeoff.
September 20 Portland, Ore. Piper Archer II reports a small red drone passing 50 to 100 feet away at an altitude of 3,000 feet while on descent to Portland International Airport. “The thing flashed by, just off my left wingtip,” said the pilot, Gary Dawson.
September 17 Leesburg, Va. Pilot of a Cessna 172 reports a drone with two red lights passing 200 feet overhead while at an altitude of 1,800 feet. “It came out of seemingly nowhere,” the pilot, Mike Gilbert, a flight instructor, said in an interview. For general-aviation aircraft, “if one of those things hits us, we’re coming down,” he added.
September 17 New York Police helicopter reports a drone at an altitude of 800 feet, flying circles around the police aircraft and coming as close as 50 feet. Police officers on the ground apprehend the suspected drone operator.
September 14 Portsmouth, N.H. Pilot of a Piper PA-31 Navajo reports a lime-green, four-rotor drone coming within 200 feet of his aircraft while at an altitude of about 2,000 feet. “I did a double take,” the pilot, Danny Hughes, said in an interview. “There’s a lot of bad things that could happen if it hits you.”
September 8 New York Three regional airliners -- Express Jet Flight 5346, Pinnacle Airlines Flight 4166 and Chautauqua Airlines Flight 6119 – consecutively report “a very close call” with a drone while approaching LaGuardia Airport at an altitude of about 2,000 feet.
August 25 Purcellville, Va. Pilot of a Cessna 172 reports that a small drone came within 20 feet of the aircraft while at 1,500 feet near Dulles International Airport. Drone described as three feet tall and with a two-foot-wide rotor on top.
July 29 New York US Airways Flight 2192, arriving from Washington, reports a yellow drone with a four-foot wingspan passing within 50 feet of the aircraft at an altitude of 4,000 feet while descending toward LaGuardia Airport.
July 20 Newark Express Jet Flight 4388, arriving at Newark International Airport from Jacksonville, Fla., reported a traffic-collision alert system warning after coming within 500 to 1,000 feet of a drone while on final approach for landing.
July 18 Charlotte Pilot of US Airways Flight 4797, arriving from Greenville, N.C., reports “we were nearly hit by a drone” while approaching Charlotte-Douglas International Airport at 3,100 feet. Pilot estimates that the drone passed 100 feet underneath.
July 11 Cleveland Pilot of a Schweizer helicopter reports that a red quadcopter drone passes about 50 yards off his left side at an altitude of 1,700 feet.
July 11 New Orleans Medical-transport helicopter reports a drone with red-and-white lights passing within 100 feet while en route from Baton Rouge to New Orleans at an altitude of 2,800 feet.
June 29 Dulles International Airport Pilot of Porter Airlines Flight 725, arriving from Toronto, reports that a black-and-silver drone passes within 50 feet while on descent to Dulles at an altitude of 2,800 feet.
June 26 Scottsdale, Ariz. Cessna 510 pilot reports a quadcopter passing 50 feet off his wing at an altitude of 1,000 feet while descending to land at Scottsdale.
June 25 Teterboro, N.J. Pilot of a Dassault Falcon corporate jet belonging to Duke Energy reports a silver helicopter drone passing 50 feet beneath his right wing while on final approach to the Teterboro airport at an altitude of 800 feet.
June 1 Dulles International Airport United Airlines Flight 967 reports a gold-bronze helicopter drone with four rotors passing 100 feet below the Boeing 767 at an altitude of 1,800 feet, about five miles north of Dulles.

SOURCE: FAA incident reports, pilot interviews, Aviation Safety Reporting System database, air-traffic controller reports. Published Nov 26, 2014.