Lucky woman finds iPhone 5s alive and well after dropping it out of a plane

Lucky woman finds iPhone 5s alive and well after dropping it out of a plane
In what has been described as an "absolute miracle", a Canadian woman dropped an iPhone 5s out of a flying plane, and found it later in a surprisingly good condition.

Jeannine Buck of Abbotsford, British Columbia, was flying in a small Cessna plane at about 2,500 feet (760 meters) up in the air over a vast, beautiful park (Stanley Park, Vancouver). She started snapping photos of the surroundings out of an open window, when the strong wind grabbed the iPhone from her hand and hastily sent it towards the ground. Fortunately, the handset hit tree branches before actually reaching the ground, and this may have very well saved it.

A few hours after dropping the 5s, the woman had to resort to a friend's phone and the Find My iPhone app to locate her device. When she finally found it, she discovered that it was fully functional, with only minor scuffs - no broken screen or anything like that. It does look like the iPhone, pictured below after being recovered, was protected by a case, but it's still pretty amazing that it survived.

After recovering the iPhone, Jeannine Buck changed her ringtone to Bee Gees' classic Stayin' Alive (a song that she had used as a ringtone before). Makes sense, right?


sources: AbbyNews, Facebook via Cnet

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47 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

One of those smartphone survivor stories again

2. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Apple, as usual, FTW.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apple for the win? Because the phone survived landing in grass? Here look at the map. You could have dropped the phone from 50,000 ft and as long as it landed on grass, it probably wouldn't have broke. Come on man...its not a win. She was lucky. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Stanley+Park/@49.299825,-123.148536,14.68z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x5486718cad26e4a3:0x364a639db409e216!8m2!3d49.3017049!4d-123.1417003 I'm glad she recovered it, in one piece and the wind didn't blow it into the water or somewhere she wouldn't be able to reach it, like getting stuck in a tree.

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Why does it matter? There was no need to get salty about it

19. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

He has to get pissy about anything concerning Apple and good news, because Apple hurt him to the bone, or some such nonsense. Between that yarn and his spending $150k/month on his credit cards, I can't keep up with his BS.

28. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You're stupid. I did say I am glad she was able to recover her phone. It's as much of a waste of space then when they found an iPhone from the guys who died in the Bermuda Triangle. They found a phone in the raft that was fried by the sun, rained on, had salt water splash on for days. They recovered it and tried to resurrect it. And we're suppose to be disappointed they couldn't? He about we don't expect them to be able too. If they would have gotten anything it would have been luck. I don't care if it was a Samsung phone. That person would still have been lucky. If you drop your phone and it doesn't break you are lucky. It's that simple. Luck is brand agnostic. What would have been cool is when the wind blew it, she could have accidently hit record so we can see what it's like to view a phone fall from the sky. What i said had nothing to do with what OEM this is. Just like the cop who.got shot and his Galaxy happen to block the bullet. He was lucky. I am happy his phone happen to save his life and he lived to tell about it. However since phones are not bullet proof, it simply means he was lucky. It doesn't matter what brand it is to me. You are an idiot. I don't have to see it the way you do. You can feel my opinion is as crazy as you want to make it out to be, remember that goes likewise for you. You're so quick to protect Apple.from anything, even when I didn't even criticize them. You are a senseless stooge.

35. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Dude, take your medication.

40. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Eat it troll.. We all know you are a paid troll who is ruining other people's experience on this website. Get a life man!! Don't be a cancer or you'll get cancer. We all know it was not an iPhone win. But it should be funny and strange isn't it?? DON'T RUIN THE MOMENT DUDE

42. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Piss off crybaby, I can comment on anything I like. If that bothers you then tough sh!t.

3. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

"the handset hit tree branches before actually reaching the ground, and this may have very well saved it".No sh1t.

4. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

My friends dad was a truck driver and left his Samsung GALAXY S5 on the back of his truck and drove off. Found it 2 days later dented and a Hairline Crack along the whole screen but still working, my brother lost his Nokia Lumia 1020 for 3 weeks in a field

5. kajam

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

I dropped my nokia n80 from plane in the sahara desert and it survive also i dropped my galaxy s3 from space on my last itrip to Mars and it survive too

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31539; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

There's no gravity in space, technically you couldn't drop it. It would be more like...letting it go.

18. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

gravity is everywhere, the solar system is no exception. I guess you are confusing microgravity state for no gravity.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31539; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Technically there's no gravity, other than what's created by the astral bodies, ei planets, asteroids, stars, black holes. Let a coin go, and it'll stay put, unless it interacts with something else. Micro means little, and as distance increases, less is felt. Objects pulling on each other cause gravity, and space is basically nothing, so it's not an actual object. It's the space, or nothingness objects occupy. I fully understand the weightlessness, that microgravity pertains to.

26. Ragnarkov

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 02, 2014

Technically, gravity is the force generated by the mass of an object, the strength of that force being proportionate to the distance between 2 objects (Technically gravity is present even in a single body environment, but there is no way to quantify or measure it without 2 bodies present). Gravity is also considered infinite, meaning no matter how far away 2 objects are, there is still a force being exerted on each object, however small that force may be. So technically there is gravity in space. Space just doesn't generate any of it. It just takes up everything that the objects do not. You could also give the illusion of no gravity, by placing an object at the correct distance between 2 objects as to cancel out the forces from either. However then your just equaling out forces, and not creating a situation where there isn't any. Gravity also isn't just created by astral bodies. Its created by everything with mass. A human floating in space has a gravitational force. Its just so tiny compared to everything else out there.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31539; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hence microgravity.

46. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

microgravity does not mean low gravity, you can be in microgravity near a black hole. astronauts in ISS are in microgravity state where a person weighing 100lb on earth weighs 90lb. microgravity occurs when you are in free fall. ISS is free falling to earth while earth itself and the handset in space (that we were talking about earlier) are free falling to the sun, hence the microgravity state. yes! orbits are basically a form of free falling, consider throwing a rock from top of a mountain, the faster you throw it the more distance it covers, when you throw it at a critical speed it will never land which means it will be in free fall forever. Another thing to add is that you are all talking about Newtonian gravity which is a force. General relativity does not recognise gravity as a force, it's a geometric property of spacetime known as curvature of spacetime caused by concentration of mass in spacetime.

44. kajam

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

Are you serious !?!?!?!?!

7. Yoloswagins

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

How do you even drop a phone out of a plane, lol

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

One of those bi-wing a especially they use at airshows.

8. kus-1

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 17, 2016

Few weeks ago, a skydiver dropped hundreds of feet from a plane, but was alive and well after. This site is TOTALLY USELESS. It is not where an object FALLS FROM. It is WHERE and HOW it lands.

23. insanity99

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Wow. A human drop test. Lol.

30. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

what about human torture test? burn test, bend test, and knife scratching test >:)

41. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

lol....then watch SAW movie

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It says she was flying over a park. So that means this area is likely all grass. So even if it fell straight to the ground, landing in grass it wouldn't have suffered any damage anyways. Would that be a fair assessment? Because surely if it landed on concrete, even if it hi trees first, its highly likely it would have shattered into millions of glittery little pieces. She was lucky. A bigger phone would have been better and easier to hold...unless she had weak hands. Try using an iPhone 6S Plus next time.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't think you understand how physics work.

17. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

He doesn't understand how anything works :D.

36. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

When I ride, I've dropped my phone on concrete at speeds above 20 mph and watch my phone slide for several feet. And other than scuff marks, I've not broke it. I.ve even dropped my Note 5. I consider myself lucky. No more no less. Phones are expected to be dropped and can handle some shock. But the fact remains, if you drop your hone and it doesn't break, you are simply lucky. That goes for all brands. The pond was not designed to handle such drop. It survived, she is lucky. Period.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31539; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I can't believe he actually posted that.

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