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Small civilian mini-drones such as the DJI Phantom or professional surveying drones are becoming increasingly widespread, raising concerns about the potential collision/airprox with manned aircraft (especially GA where flight altitude is typically relatively low).

Have there been actual cases of collision and/or dangerous airprox reported so far? What were the consequences?

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    $\begingroup$ I reported a drone to ATC flying near the airport at KPAO (Palo Alto) once. Was quite shocking to see it at around 400’ AGL right near the airport. $\endgroup$
    – Peter
    Apr 28, 2014 at 5:26
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    $\begingroup$ what is airprox? $\endgroup$
    – rbp
    Aug 17, 2015 at 21:35
  • $\begingroup$ @rbp: airprox is short for air proximity, i.e. two aircraft getting closer from each other more than they should. $\endgroup$
    – abey
    Aug 18, 2015 at 7:01
  • $\begingroup$ avherald.com/… $\endgroup$ Mar 19, 2017 at 9:20

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CASA (Australia's aviation authorities) has a report on an airprox between a crop duster and a surveying mini-drone:

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    $\begingroup$ They call it a "serious incident"? Nothing collided, and it's tiny... $\endgroup$ Apr 28, 2014 at 23:23
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    $\begingroup$ I tend to agree with you, but it should be noted that CASA has been extremely pro-active and efficient at providing a practical framework for commercial operations with small drones. So I wouldn't mind them being a bit over zealous at following up on real world situations... $\endgroup$
    – abey
    Apr 29, 2014 at 6:33
  • $\begingroup$ There was also an incident in Australia (Newcastle, NSW) between a Bell 412 and an as yet unidentified UAV on March 22nd 2014 (investigation pending, details here: atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2014/aair/…). $\endgroup$
    – Kyle
    May 9, 2014 at 2:11
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    $\begingroup$ Another recent incident - Drone flies 20ft from a jet on approach to Heathrow bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-30446136 $\endgroup$
    – Jon Story
    Dec 15, 2014 at 13:28
  • $\begingroup$ @DannyBeckett any near mid-air collision is a serious incident. That nobody was hurt is irrelevant $\endgroup$
    – jwenting
    Jul 31, 2018 at 11:56
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There are two instances I remember hearing about.

This one happened to a plane landing at JFK, and the FBI was seeking information about it. They reported seeing a small black "drone aircraft" with four propellers. I don't think they every found anything more.

And just recently, two planes landing at YVR saw an RC helicopter, one plane coming very close to it. The RCMP was investigating, but again it's not certain whether they will come up with anything about it.

There is also an investigation into a video taken from a quadrotor showing a plane landing at YVR.

And if you thought that was close, check out this video from Australia.

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It september 2017, a DJI Phantom collided with an US Black Hawk helicopter causing a real damage to main rotor.

Obviously a military helicopter cannot be destroied by a small uav (why develop expensive Sparrow or Maverick rockets when a simple Phantom could land a military object ;-) ) but... surely it would be a true danger...

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This one in Tallahassee with a regional jet got a lot of attention when it happened but there are many more. The FAA keeps a database, and I expect we'll see about an actual collision with a Part 121 aircraft soon enough as the number of airborne UAVs is increasing rapidly.

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February 2018 - What is thought to be the first drone collision in the US occurred in February 2018. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a helicopter crash landing in South Carolina that may have been caused by a civilian drone, according to a report from Bloomberg.

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Obviously, as time goes on, there will be more incidents.

Here, from 2021, a drone and a police helicopter in Los Angeles.

A Los Angeles man pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor count after his drone crashed into a police helicopter, prompting an emergency landing, federal prosecutors said.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/man-pleads-guilty-after-drone-hits-lapd-helicopter-conviction-1st-n1254365

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